Class of 2019
Josine was born in a refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where her family lived during Rwanda’s instability of the 1990s. After the 1994 genocide and the loss of her family, Josine returned to Rwanda where she started primary school. She enjoys studying very much and she was the top in her class in primary school. Josine was the first girl in her district to accomplish the feat of passing the secondary level National Exam. This accomplishment led her to receive a scholarship to go to the best high school in Rwanda, the Gashora Girls Academy. At Gashora, she was involved in the community service club where she discovered her passion for improving communities and helping people. She also served as a peer mentor for many of her classmates during the holidays. Josine is currently a senior at Michigan State University, where she majors in food science. Josine's dream is to reduce the number of children who die in Rwanda due to poorly maintained healthcare facilities.