Strive Masiyiwa, founder and chair of Econet Wireless, has established the Ambassador Andrew Young International Scholars program. Masiyiwa, a native of Zimbabwe has invested $6.4 million in the program that will send 40 African students to Morehouse College in Atlanta. The students will receive full, four-year scholarships.
This fall, the first Andrew Young International Scholars will arrive at Morehouse. Eight are from Zimbabwe and two are from Burundi. The 10 African students will arrive for a special orientation program four days before other Morehouse students arrive on campus. All 10 African students will be paired with African American roommates.
Masiyiwa stated, “What I want to see coming from the student who comes out of the Morehouse system is a much more confident, self-assured, more complete young man who is not struggling to find out who he is in the world.”
Philip Howard, vice president for institutional advancement at Morehouse added, “They hope the young men will bring the kinds of 21st -century management, leadership, social justice, civic engagement, all those things Morehouse provides, back to the continent to lead Africa into the 21st century.”
Masiyiwa plans to begin a similar program for women next year that will send African students to Spelman College in Atlanta.