Rwanda Rising Scholars

What is Rwanda Rising?

Rwanda Rising is the overarching campaign initiative of the Kittelson Charitable Foundation to create transforming educational opportunities for Rwandan students who have both the ability and the personal motivation to succeed in school and life, but are unable to continue their schooling without our support.

In addition to nearly 50 students who are currently enrolled in good-quality Rwandan schools at the Primary, Secondary, and University levels, two Rwandan Scholars are currently attending universities in the United States. Rwandan Scholars are students KCF has been sponsoring from Rwanda who have demonstrated both academic ability and mastery of the English language sufficient to succeed in a first-tier U.S. university environment.

Who are the Rwandan Scholars?

  Ephrem Rukundo is a graduate student at the University of California at Davis, studying International Agricultural Development. Ephrem RukundoHe was recently honored as the first recipient of the school’s Graduate Award for Excellence and will receive his Masters degree in the Summer of 2012. Ephrem also works as a Teaching Assistant at UC Davis, providing guidance to other students and class support to his professors. His performance has earned him an invitation to enter the doctoral program at UC Davis in the Fall of 2012 with a focus on improving postharvest practices in developing countries.  Ephrem intends to return to Rwanda with a PhD and practical knowledge that, combined with his personal motivation and drive, we at KCF are confident will make him an important contributor to Rwanda’s continuing economic recovery and growth.

 Ivan Mutabazi is a rising sophomorIvan Mutabazie at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. Ivan was among the first students KCF adopted into its program in 2007 and he excelled in his school work, finishing second in his high school class. He was accepted into George Fox’s 2011-2012 freshman class on the merits of his academic record, and plans to major in International Business and/or Finance. Follow this link to a Narch 2012 letter from Ivan describing his experiences and plans at a U.S. college.