A citizen of Nigeria and graduate of the African Leadership Academy, Ola plans to major in Economics and Management. She would also like to minor in French and to attain a global health certificate. Her academically distinguished record at the African Leadership Academy(ALA) includes a published research paper in the school’s scientific research journal. Ola is passionate about improving the health sector in Nigeria and improving resource allocation within the country’s economy. According to Ola’s secondary school biology teacher, Ola’s passion and academic strength position her to make a real difference in Nigeria.
Beyond the classroom, Ola stands out as a vibrant and passionate community member. Her contributions come through dance, music, and student government. Ola’s roles as a school prefect and as a member of her school’s electoral body showcase her leadership prowess. She was also awarded the Allan Gray Excellence in Entrepreneurship Award for her job as the COO of ALA’s student-run restaurant and café. Ola is very passionate about Nigeria and Africa. She hopes not only to address many problems in Africa, but also to empower youth to take action, using the arts as a medium.
Although Allan is new to the Duke campus, his family connection to the university is already strong. Allan’s sister Annette is a student in Duke’s Class of 2013. A citizen of Kenya and a top graduate of Moi Forces Academy Nairobi, a school enrolling students representing all 42 ethnic communities in Kenya, Allan is interested in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Economics.
During his secondary school years, Allan was heavily involved in extracurricular activities. Among other accomplishments, he played rhythmic guitar for two church bands. Allan was also a leader in student government, a top provincial field hockey player, a computer technician at a cybercafé, and chair of the Wildlife Club, the highest ranked club in his school in 2011. One of his successes as a class leader in Computer Studies was the development of a property management program presented to the Kenya Chief of Defense Force.
T.C. Dong was born in Changsha and emigrated from China to South Africa when she was seven years old. While she remains proud of her Chinese heritage, as a young adult she has discovered her South African identity, forged by her years as one of the top academic students at the African Leadership Academy.
T.C.’s academic interests include Biomedical Engineering, Music, and Computer Engineering. In addition to her commitment to service, dedication to sustainable agriculture, and her talent in playing the violin, TC is particularly accomplished in science. In 2011 she was the top student in the South African National Science Olympiad for Biology, winning a trip to Australia. The following year T.C. was named the “Top Girl Learner Nationally” in South Africa, for Life Sciences.
As a member of the United States Student Achievers Program, run through the U.S. Embassy in Harare, Clive was drawn from Zimbabwe to Durham for Duke University’s research opportunities and programs. Clive hopes he might use his engineering skills to design and develop products relevant to his community’s needs. His focus is on modern technology as well as humanitarian and social innovations.
He graduated with top academic results from Shungu High School in Kwekwe, Zimbabwe, where he was a strong leader as a student prefect, basketball team captain, journalism bureau chief, theatre club president, best speaker in debate, and chess team captain. Clive also participated in fundraising for the elderly and orphans. He co-created the first children’s magazine in the Kwekwe district.
From a child-headed household in Tembisa Township, Busi was chosen for a highly selective scholarship at the American International School of Johannesburg through the Student Sponsorship Program, a South African NGO. In her Duke application, Busi wrote: “I am going to university as a symbol of hope to my community that anything is possible. I carry the hopes of my mother who only completed grade seven in school. I carry the dreams of my grandfather who didn’t even have that basic education. Foremost I carry my community’s yearning for someone to make a significant change, someone to break the cycle of poverty.”
Busi chaired her school’s Global Issues Service Summit for students from across Africa. This young leader captained the volleyball and basketball teams. She topped her secondary school’s academic list in many categories as teachers selected award recipients for graduation. Busi’s main interests lie in economic development and development aid on the African continent, hence why she has chosen to major in economics. To top it all off, Busi has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.
Busi currently serves as the chairperson of the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Council.
School: United World College of the Atlantic (UK)
Interests: Volunteers to train community about boating safety, peer counseling, editor of school paper, founder of a political debate group, founder of a group that deconstructs minority stereotypes, a cappella choir, surfing.
Other: He wants a “life of service; to my country and especially to people from marginalized communities.”
From a small village in Meru, Kenya Elaine received her elementary school education and proceeded to Alliance Girls’ High School, one of the most prestigious national schools in Nairobi, Kenya. Having spent most of her childhood in a village, Elaine believes that her admission to Duke University will not only be of great value to her life but also to her community at large. Elaine took part in various activities in high school. Apart from her exemplary performance in academics, which made her one of the best performers in the national examinations, she was the captain of the school soccer team and the president of the Catholic community. She was also a tutor for primary school pupils and did French poetry, which saw her placed nationally. She has a deep interest in technology and plans to major in computer science and economics.
School: International School of Tanganyika
Interests: Leadership in student government, exposure to other cultures, financials, theater, sales, art, music, sports (netball)
Other: Academic chairperson, food and accommodation chairperson, treasurer, founder of an arts club.
School: Queen Elizabeth College
Interests: Theater, music, sports, writing (creative, academic, and journalistic)
Other: Extra-curricular activities include National Brains Trust Competition, MUN Youth Conference, won Merit Prize in DSTV Star Awards International Essay Competition, and sports (basketball)
School: African Leadership Academy
Interests: Student government, economic policy, debate, basketball, marketing/consulting, community based volunteering, public speaking, quiz club, AIDS/HIV awareness, singing, journalism
Other: Worked with the ALA. President of debate club. Assistant coach for primary school basketball team. Served as editor of the St. Ignatius College Tribute Magazine.
A world-class education at Duke University, supported by $13.5 million in funding from The MasterCard Foundation, fosters growth and development in a select group of students from Sub-Saharan Africa and other developing areas.
Charlie Piot, professor in Cultural Anthropology and in African and African American Studies guides The MasterCard Foundation Scholars at Duke as their faculty director. With more than 25 years conducting research in West Africa and studying issues on the continent, Piot explains why this program is needed to help solve a core problem in Africa… the exodus of highly educated people.
The entire Duke University community supports The MasterCard Foundation Scholars, inside the classroom and out. Three people play key roles in the success of the program and the scholars at Duke.
Julia Coleman joins the Office of Undergraduate Scholars and Fellows as the Administrative Assistant for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program. Julia brings eight years of experience working with and nurturing graduate students from all over the globe in Duke’s International House.
Charlie Piot, Professor in Cultural Anthropology and in African and African American Studies guides the MasterCard Foundation Scholars at Duke as their faculty director. With more than 25 years conducting research in West Africa and study issues on the continent, Dr. Piot knows and cares about Africa.
“I accepted the role of graduate assistant for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Duke, because I know first hand what it is like to have good people around you, who understand what you are going through.”
The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is a $500 million education initiative that addresses access to education and employment for talented yet economically disadvantaged students from developing countries – particularly Africa. This initiative will offer 15,000 students a comprehensive package for secondary and university education that includes financial, academic, and social support, as well as transitional assistance into the workforce. The Program is unique in its emphasis on selecting students who are committed to “giving back” to their communities and their countries of origin.
The program was announced in September 2012 at a United Nations Special Session marking the launch of Education First. Led by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Special Envoy for Education Gordon Brown, Education First is a new initiative seeking to ensure all children have access to quality education. The U.N. Special Session highlighted The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program as an innovative model for educating young people and encouraging citizenship. To learn more visit www.mastercardfdnscholars.org.
The MasterCard Foundation advances microfinance and youth learning to promote financial inclusion and prosperity. Through collaboration with committed partners in 49 countries, the Foundation is helping people living in poverty to access opportunities to learn and prosper. An independent, private foundation based in Toronto, Canada, it was established through the generosity of MasterCard Worldwide at the time of the company’s initial public offering in 2006. For more information, visit www.mastercardfdn.org.
Like The MasterCard Foundation, Duke thinks and acts globally. Duke leaders believe education is the key to improving the lives of people on all continents. Duke and the MasterCard Foundation share a common strategy of creating change agents. We show our students how to apply knowledge to real world issues.
For Duke, The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program is not only a natural fit, but also the type of collaboration the university actively seek as a progressive institution, providing liberal education in the context of a world-class research university. Duke will provide interdisciplinary ways of thinking, encouraging young people from Africa to discover creative and collaborative ways to address education, health, employment, and economic issues.
President and CEO of The MasterCard Foundation
Reeta Roy, President and CEO of The MasterCard Foundation, discusses why Duke is a great institution for scholars from Africa.
Dean of Undergraduate Education at Duke
Steve Nowicki explains how the university plans to support the growth of The MasterCard Foundation Scholars and how thrilled the campus is to welcome the first five scholars.
Duke and many other organizations share in The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program. The model is unique, in that it leverages education as a powerful driver of social and economic progress in Africa.
The future of Africa will be shaped by its young people. The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program has selected world-class universities and non-profit institutions to provide them with skills to develop leadership and critical thinking skills, analyze problems and solve them through collaboration.
Over the next 10 years, The MasterCard Foundation will enable 15,000 students from developing countries – primarily from Africa- to access quality secondary and university education and leadership development so they are able to contribute to Africa’s place in the global economy. There are currently 145 Scholars enrolled at Duke, Arizona State, Michigan State, University of California – Berkeley, American University of Beirut – Faculty of Health Sciences (Lebanon), Ashesi University (Ghana), and EARTH University (Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean). Graduates from the African Leadership Academy have been placed in universities worldwide. The program in the U.S. also includes Stanford and Wellesley, where scholars will begin attending in 2013.
The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Duke is open to students from sub-Saharan Africa who demonstrate financial need, academic ability and merit, and demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of others in their communities. Students apply to Duke first, and are then considered for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program. The following links may be of assistance.
One of Duke’s great advantages for The MasterCard Foundation Scholars is the network of resources the university provides to scholars, their families, and students who are interested in the program.
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