mary wamaitha

University: Ashesi University
Major: Management Information Systems
Languages: Swahili, Kikuyu
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Biography: My name is Mary Wamaitha, a Freshman and MasterCard Foundation scholar at Ashesi University. I was raised by a single mother, who makes ends meet by hawking vegetables in Kawangware slums, Nairobi. I have always viewed leadership as serving those that you lead. In high school, I founded a mentorship program to help students realize their full potential. I am also a lead mentor with the Malkia Initiative and the Wings to Fly High School Scholarship Program. Based on merit, I got the opportunity to intern at Equity Bank after high school where I was a leader in the online products department.

I believe in the power of realized greatness. My life goal is to start a leadership academy in Kenya because from an early age; I knew what it meant to not unleash our potential due to our circumstances.