• Michelle Kemei, Yale (early decision): EaSEP’s first student at Yale, Michelle plans to explore a chemical engineering major and sustainable energy: “I would love to integrate the two disciplines to provide efficient solutions to energy problems in rural Kenya.”
• Luiza Chepkemoi Bett, Cornell (early decision): Luiza will be one of five EaSEP students at Cornell this fall. She hopes to major in Human Biology, Health and Society, with an interest in improving health access and promoting ethical leadership at home. Luiza would like to establish an Oncology Center or Cancer Hospice that would help patients manage the disease more easily. She also aspires to become the Minister of Health in Kenya, "to ensure that medical care is not just accessible and affordable, but also of the best quality. I would like to practice ethical leadership in reforming our health sector."
• Cherry Kandie, Dartmouth: Cherry is a recipient of Dartmouth’s prestigious Dorothy J. and Robert E. King Leadership Scholarship for international students with a commitment to make a positive difference in their home countries. The scholarship recipients work closely with a faculty advisor and the King Scholars advisor, to develop courses of study reflecting their particular interest in international development.
“I want to be a social entrepreneur just like Andrew Youn of One Acre Fund or Megan White Mukuria, the founder of ZanaAfrica,” says Cherry. “I want to make a huge difference in my country and Africa as a whole through social work in whichever field I finally choose.”
• Caroline Kimetto, Harvard: With a love of science and a passion for social issues at home, Caroline would like to combine a major in neuroscience with African or Women’s Studies in search of finding “an efficient way in which I can be of help (at home), especially to women and the girl child.”
• Evans Yatich, Penn: Evans hopes to join Penn’s Electrical and Systems Engineering Department and its robotics research program, in particular.
• Hepsiba Chepngeno, Michigan State: Hepsiba will be EaSEP’s third MasterCard Foundation scholar at Michigan State. Inspired by MSU’s Feed the World Program, she wants to explore the field of agriculture and natural resources to improve farming strategies at home.
• Linus Kipkoech, California, Berkeley: Linus, a member of Cal’s second class of MasterCard Foundation scholars, plans to major in Electrical and Computer Engineering, saying that he wishes to use his education “to research practical solutions to rampant blackouts at home and ensure that electricity is accessible to everybody.”