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Class of 2018 MasterCard Foundation Scholar

MSU is the only institution in Michigan—and the Midwest—to join the Program. The university is receiving $45 million in funding from the Foundation to support 185 Scholars throughout the nine-year Program, which includes 100 four-year undergraduates and 85 master’s-degree students. MSU will host the most Scholars among the six U.S. partner institutions and welcomed the first cohort of scholars this fall with four graduate students and two undergraduates.

2018 MBA MasterCard Foundation Scholar:

Name: Nicolas Nsabimana Umuhizi
Class of 2018
Country: Rwanda
Concentration: Supply Chain Management
Area of Interest: Operations and Project management
Education and Professional Background: Nicolas Umuhizi Nsabimana is pursuing a Master’s degree in Business Administration at Michigan State University (MSU) and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness from The National University of Rwanda. Before joining MSU, Nicolas has worked on various development projects in Rwanda. This work has included helping seed growers to improve their business, raising awareness of the importance of nutrition, implementing income generating projects for subsistence families and most recently promoting social entrepreneurship among smallholder farmers. Nicolas is pro social justice and sees entrepreneurship as a major component of sustainable development.  
Why did you choose Michigan State University: Michigan State University (MSU) has been running various agricultural projects in Rwanda for many years. Since I was already familiar with the school, MSU happened to be on the list of schools I considered as I was applying to graduate schools. Also, my interest in MSU was reinforced by the reputation of MSU’s MBA Supply Chain Program as I was looking for a program that will help me improve my skills in Operations. 
Future Plans: My short/mid-term plan is to work preferably in a supply chain role at a business that will allow me hone what I am learning at MSU. Finally, my long-term goal is to create and manage a large-scale social enterprise in Rwanda. 


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