Scholarship gifts that keep on giving
Mashuli’s humanitarian efforts toward education for children have since extended into the creation of the Tujenge Scholars Program, an institute designed to teach leadership and create opportunities for Burundian children. He says he owes his success to the generosity he experienced in America, and now he seeks to give back at home.
“Tujenge’s work was born through my collaborative work with a Ghanaian-Canadian graduate student named Wendell Adjetey who I met at Yale,” said Mashuli. “We both had quite a rough start. Wendell’s parents were refugees who made their way to Canada and I had been a refugee for most of my life fleeing from violence in Rwanda.
“At Tujenge, we believe firmly that talent is universal but opportunities are not. We find these incredible students in the most isolated and poorest country on earth and transform them into international scholars.”
Mashuli says that eight students from the program in Burundi will be enrolled at colleges in North America by the end of 2019, including MIT, Vanderbilt, Yale, Harvard, Carleton College, Brown and Northwestern. In addition, a child who is a member of the Batwa will soon be the first in his tribe to go to college abroad when he begins at Africa University in Zimbabwe, thanks to a Tujenge scholarship.
One of Mashuli's students, Jeredie Junior Sinzinkayo, will even be starting at North Central soon.