Mastercard Foundation Scholars
- Mastercard Foundation Scholars ©Didier Pazery
The first five Mastercard Foundation Scholars at Sciences Po joined the Europe-Africa programme of the Undergraduate College, on the Reims campus, in 2017. They come from five different countries, making this first cohort representative of Africa in all its diversity.
Fitiavana Andry, "The future is being built today"
Fitiavana Andry is from Antananarivo, Madagascar, where she studied and obtained her baccalauréat at Lycée Jules Ferry. Fitiavana was voted Best Young Patriot of Madagascar as part of a programme to promote democratic principles, citizenship and civic engagement. Convinced that new technologies can help advance equal rights, Fitiavana wants to reduce the digital divide in Madagascar by developing women's involvement in the digital technology industry and universal access to education, among other strategies.
Ashale Chi, "A healthy passion for helping others"
Ashale Chi completed high school at Enko La Gaieté International School in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Ashale is particularly interested in health-related issues and has already volunteered at the Yaoundé hospital and the Cameroon Red Cross, and participated in awareness-raising activities among rural populations. Determined to democratise access to health care, Ashale wants to devote her future career to implementing effective public policies for dealing with health crises, equipping Cameroon with a real epidemic management system and ensuring universal health care access.
Romaric Compaore, "Commited to Africa"
Romaric Compaore is from Burkina Faso and graduated from the International School of Ouagadougou. Before coming to Sciences Po, he led the fundraising campaign for a project to build a water tower. He aims to continue his engagement in this area and contribute one day to developing Burkinabe agriculture through social entrepreneurship. Driven by pan-Africanism, Romaric wants to work towards making collaboration between local actors one of the vectors of economic integration in Africa.
Astou Diouf, "I believe in service leadership"
Astou Diouf studied at Lycée Mariama Ba on the Île de Gorée in Senegal. Astou recently attended a summer camp focused on developing leadership and entrepreneurship skills, where she presented a project concerning the promotion and development of the agri-food industry in her home country. Astou is particularly interested in the issue of resource allocation and aspires to reduce food insecurity in Africa. She would like to start a company in the agri-food sector to modernise farming practices and develop trade integration between African countries.
Zipporah Gakuu, "Even small actions can have a great ripple effect"
Zipporah Gakuu is a graduate of Starehe Girls High School in Nairobi, Kenya. The year after finishing high school, Zipporah joined the Child Vision Support Foundation as a volunteer coordinator. There she took part in the collection and distribution of sanitary products for disadvantaged young women in Nairobi. After her Bachelor's degree at Sciences Po, Zipporah wants to complete a Master of International Relations and become involved in defending women's and children's rights in Africa with organisations such as Amnesty International.