ALA Graduates Takondwa Semphere ’11 and Marie Elimbi ’10 Honored with Scholarships and Awards 

African Leadership Academy congratulates Takondwa Priscilla Semphere ’11 (Malawi) and Marie Pelagie Elimbi ’10 (Cameroon) on their recent recognitions and scholarships.  

Takondwa, an esteemed ALA faculty member, has been awarded the prestigious Knight-Hennessy scholarship at Stanford University. This remarkable achievement makes her the first Malawian and the first graduate of Smith College to receive such an esteemed scholarship. She joins the ranks of two previous ALA alumni who were also honored with this scholarship: Tsion Tesfaye ’10 in 2019 and Geraldine Mukumbi ’10 in 2022. 

Furthermore, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Marie, who has received the honor of having a Ph.D. fellowship at UC Berkeley named after her in recognition of her remarkable impact in the field of Operations Research. This acknowledgment reflects Marie’s exceptional contributions and dedication to her field.  

These exceptional accomplishments by Takondwa and Marie exemplify the values and commitment to excellence that ALA strives to instill in its students. We celebrate their success and wish them continued achievements in their future endeavors. 

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