Bard College Berlin News
Michael Nyakundi ‘23 named Schwarzman Scholar
When asked about his scholarship, Michael responded, "Schwarzman Scholars aims to promote peaceful cosmopolitanism through mutual engagement and cross-cultural interaction. To me, this is a significant opportunity to learn from mentors and peers tackling global issues. Through this program, I hope to help transform the criminal justice landscape in Kenya." Michael also thanked Faiza zu Lynar, Civic Engagement Manager, for her help through the application process.
Michael is a Kenyan student who has previously interned for the Kenyan State House and volunteered with the Red Cross and Plan International, a global organization focused on empowering young people facing violence. Recently, Michael led a team of 500+ to address police brutality in Soweto slums in Nairobi. Last summer, he and BCB student Abdullah Naseer ‘23 won the Margarita Kuchma project award with their initiative, “Project MA3: Masanse Na Mayouthman (From Violence to Co-existence).” At Bard College Berlin, Michael has served as co-chair of the student parliament, worked as a student ambassador for the admissions team, written for the student blog, and helped revive soccer culture on campus.
Bard College student Edris Tajik, ‘23, was also named a Schwarzman Scholar. Edris is an Afghan student studying politics and a Generation Change fellow at the United States Institute of Peace. Edris is currently interning with the National Committee on American Foreign Policy.
To find out more about Schwarzman Scholars, visit their website.
Post Date: 01-24-2023