My hometown is Prampram, a rural area in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. I wanted to come to Duke because students at Duke have a unique opportunity to be part of a smaller school with a strong sense of community and camaraderie, but still gain the benefits of being a dynamic part of a top-notch university. My experience at Duke so far has been very rewarding. I hope to major in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and to conduct independent research in my field of interest. I am very passionate about providing clean water systems to developing regions in Africa. I am currently shadowing a PhD student who is working on sensors for water quality sampling. Also, I hope to aid in the establishment of institutions whose mission will be to promote the fusion of science and technology in Africa. My goal is to start with my home country and move on to other countries, leveraging the networks I am forming at Duke University and the MasterCard Foundation (MCF) Scholars Program.
Paschalia hails from Tanzania, a country she believes is beautiful and endowed with natural resources but rampant with corruption and poor governance. Paschalia despite facing challenging circumstances at a young age managed to push herself to attain the best education. Passing her “O” levels with flying colors in 2012 Paschalia received a prestigious scholarship at International School of Moshi where she learned about Duke University. She believes that this moment was the stepping stone that landed her the golden opportunity as one of the MasterCard foundation scholars at Duke. Paschalia recognized her passion for the arts at a tender age of six when she began spending hours creating comics on issues around her. Unfortunately, she abandoned art due to lack of art classes and her needed full commitment to Science subjects. At Duke, Paschalia fell in love with Arts again and decided to pursue her childhood dream by combining her love for story-telling and Arts as a Visual Arts major and Visual Media Studies minor. Paschalia’s interests include 2D and 3D Animation, Film, Front-end web design, Graphics design, Illustration and traditional drawing. Through her arts, Paschalia dreams of providing opportunities for other young and talented artists in Tanzania, tell and preserve Tanzanian stories but also use her work as a medium of spreading awareness on the malnourished sectors in Tanzania like health and education, which she believes is the culprit of the continuous replication of underdevelopment and poverty
Elaine comes from Meru, Kenya where she received her elementary school education before proceeding 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 has not only been of great value to her life but also to her community at large. Duke has provided with her with diverse experiences that have shaped her into the person she has become. At Duke, she has taken part in various academic, cultural and community activities which have been very influential in her academic and personal journey. Duke provided her opportunities to continue playing soccer for a Durham league and to continue peer tutoring through the Duke Academic Resource Center. As she completes her four- year journey, she is more than grateful to MCF, which brought her dreams to fruition and she hopes to help others like her realize their dreams. After school, she will be joining Morgan Stanley as a technology analyst.
As a merit recipient, you may still be eligible to receive additional scholarships from sources other than Duke. The total amount you may receive cannot exceed your total cost to attend Duke each year, and any funds in excess of your cost will reduce your Duke merit scholarship.
Florence is a MCF scholar from Tanzania, double majoring in Global Health and Chinese. In 2008, she took the first position in Form Two National Examinations in Tanzania. In the same year, she founded the Brooke Bond School Arts Club promoting sex education. She received an Academic Excellence Award in 2010, and a scholarship to the International School of Tanganyika in 2011. Florence’s team also won the 2014 Duke SEAD Competition by developing a marketing strategy to maximize Kenya’s health insurance. In the summer of 2014, Florence spent eight weeks in Beijing studying intensive Chinese Mandarin through the Duke in China program. In Fall 2014, she joined Duke Kunshan University for a semester study abroad program. Florence wanted to expand her understanding of the Chinese culture and history. She visited many places such as Shanghai, Xian and Hong Kong. She is a member of the Kunshan Student Advisory Council for DKU at Duke. Florence works at the Duke Infectious Disease Department and as a Swahili to English translator for the Mvomero Malaria project conducted by Duke faculty in Tanzania. Learn more about Florence in this video:
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.
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If you live off campus or choose a less expensive meal plan, your scholarship may exceed your charges for the semester. If this is the case, the Bursar’s Office will provide a refund of the difference to you to pay for off-campus housing and/or additional meals. Refunds are issued by direct deposit to your bank account, so you will need to complete a Direct Deposit Authorization form (available on DukeHub)and submit it to the Bursar's Office to ensure the refund is deposited to your account. Should you have any questions about your refund, you can directly.
Merit scholarships do not cover the cost of enrolling in Duke's health insurance plan, with the exception of international students. International students receiving merit scholarships can have their Duke health insurance costs covered by Duke merit scholarship programs (except for the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program, which does not cover health insurance for any student).
Note: Trinity Scholars from North and South Carolina, MasterCard Foundation Scholars, and David M. Rubenstein Scholars may receive funding to cover the full cost of attendance at Duke and may be an exception to the exclusions above.
Students receiving need-based aid may be eligible to have their Duke health insurance costs covered by financial aid if they do not have access to other adequate insurance. Merit scholarship recipients must apply separately for need-based financial aid each year if they wish to determine if their health insurance cost can be covered. To do this, follow the steps listed on the .
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