Morehouse College last month announced a $1 million gift from the Howard G. Buffet Foundation to establish a scholarship program for students from African nations.
The gift provides preliminary funding for the Rugari Scholarship Program, which will offer full scholarships to qualifying students from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda with the goal of program graduates returning to their nations to assist in stabilizing leadership, economies, industry and political awareness.
Julius Coles, Director of the Andrew Young Center for Global Education at Morehouse calls the initiative part of Morehouse’s legacy as a global center for social change.
“We are looking for leaders with vision, leaders with a purpose and leaders with a social mandate,” Coles said. “This is what I think Morehouse can bring. The Buffett Foundation was very pleased to be able to give us the funds because we have a proven record of training leaders, not only for the United States, but for Africa and the world.”