iDixcover Achiever: Meet the African Lady who bagged Masters degree; first-ever woman to win China Scholarship Award

African Lady who bagged Masters degree with distinction

Today’s episode of iDixcover Achiever features a Kenyan young lady, Melissa Kariuki who has become the first-ever woman from Kenya to win the Schwarzman Scholarship after successfully completing her Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.

Melissa Kariuki celebrated her achievement on Linkedin, stating that she is proud to be able to represent her country and show up in spaces where black, African women are the minority.

She started her academic higher academic journey at the University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Science, Accounting and Finance. This achiever also attended The African Leadership University to study Business Management and Entrepreneurship.

About her outstanding success

She thereafter won the prestigious China Schwarzman Scholarship; a scholarship award open to students from all over the world to study for their Master’s degree in China. This scholarship offers a one-year, fully-funded master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing and is designed to build a global community of future leaders who will serve as global leaders.

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The application for the 2022 Schwarzman Scholarship award is currently ongoing and you can check out the details HERE to submit your application right away.

“On the 26th of June, I graduated with a Master of Management Science from Tsinghua University – Asia’s #1. I completed it in exactly 10 months as a Patrice Motsepe Fellow on a full scholarship as part of the Schwarzman Scholars program- a program that aims to deepen the understanding between China & the rest of the world,” she wrote on her Linkedin page.

“Studying in the United States opens you to a lot of opportunities. Be an achiever, Check out for some scholarship opportunities you can apply for below.”

Check here:

  1. Simmons University Kotzen Scholarships 2023
  2. Imperial College London Studentship Scholarship 2022 for International Students
  3. Schwarzman Scholars Program 2023 for Students Worldwide

Melissa expressed her excitement to have not only benefitted from the award but also to have become the first-ever woman from Kenya to win the prestigious scholarship, a great achiever!

“I am also the first Kenyan woman to be awarded the Schwarzman Scholarship. It feels so special to be able to represent my country and show up in spaces where black, African women are the minority,” she said.

She thanked her 101-year-old grandmother for inspiring her to further her education in order to become an achiever. “It means so much to me because my great grandmother only attended primary school & worked as a helper for most of her life. She wasn’t able to attend high school or university but she worked extremely hard, saved her money and invested in real estate,” she narrated.

She also thanked and appreciated everyone who supported her throughout her journey.

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