MSU Getting $45 Million To Educate 185 Africans

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State University is getting $45 million for the education of 185 African students over the next nine years under a new scholarship program.
The East Lansing school says the money comes out of a $500 million effort that the MasterCard Foundation unveiled Wednesday.
The university says the money will pay for the education of 100 undergraduates and 85 master's degree students. It says it's the only university in the Midwest participating in the program.
Michigan State President Lou Anna Simon says "Africa now hosts seven of the world's 10 fastest-growing national economies and is the world's youngest continent demographically."
But she says poverty in Africa is responsible for a lag in secondary and higher education rates there.

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 7, 2012 at 08:44 PM
    no comment, and what about Students right here in the USA ??????
  • by josh on Oct 1, 2012 at 01:55 PM
    At $243k per student it is surprising that more universities aren't stepping up to the plate. I think there might be a missing/extra zero somewhere in the figure...
  • by Dianne on Oct 1, 2012 at 11:29 AM
    That money should be spent to help those in the U.S. or better yet in Michigan!! How many poverty stricken citizens dream of a college education??
  • by fred Location: local guy on Oct 1, 2012 at 10:44 AM
    I'm sure that when my kid goes to college in 10 years that Africa will spend a few hundred thousand on him too!
  • by Courtney Location: Location on Oct 1, 2012 at 10:33 AM
    I am so tired of our government and companies caring for every other country's population when they cannot even take care of their own citizens especially when we complain about outsourcing.
  • by Name Location: Location on Oct 1, 2012 at 09:11 AM
    Sure would be nice to have that money to educate some of our less fortunate at home in the USA. We need to take care of ourselves first and foremost.
  • by Name Location: Location on Oct 1, 2012 at 06:47 AM
    That comes out to over $243,000 per person(not even America citizens)....that sounds like money WELL SPENT! ;(
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