Leaders for Africa is proud to share that one of our students, Elizabeth Kaweesa, has been accepted into medical school at Ross University School of Medicine. Congratulations, Elizabeth!

I was born in Nyamayenje, Rukungiri district about 300km southwest of the Uganda capital, Kampala. With my mother passing away when I was barely four years old, I grew up in a single parent household with four siblings and went to boarding school for most of my childhood. Come high school, I would attend the country’s oldest high school – Mengo Senior School where I discovered my leadership and academic passions. While there, I not only excelled in academics but also took part in student government. I also partook in, and excelled at, a host of essay competitions, debates, and investment competitions at local and national levels. These experiences led me to win a Presidential scholarship to pursue college in the United States at Seattle University courtesy of the university and Leaders for Africa. In the fall of 2008, I flew to the Evergreen state and began my journey as a freshman.

During my four years at Seattle University, I had an illustrious college experience peppered with academic, leadership and professional engagements. Most notably, I took on various leadership positions including President of the African Student Association (ASA) and International Student Representative. Together with my ASA colleagues, I helped guide the discourse on African issues on campus by hosting speakers and groups to discuss issues pertaining to Africa. We also put on events showcasing African culture. My role as International Student Representative enabled me give voice to the interests of international students on the campus. The latter part of my college experience was focused on acquiring experience outside the university environment.

For instance, in 2010 I interned with the Uganda Export Promotion Board (UEPB) in Kampala and Zones, Inc. in Auburn, WA later on in 2011. While at UEPB, I worked in the organization’s Information Systems Department and was responsible for
generating information for importers and exporters. On the other hand, I had two stints as an intern at Zones. As a freshman, I had a Technical Sales Associate role through which I was introduced to the technology industry. In my senior year, I was a Buyer in the Purchasing Department and helped the company acquire its first $1 billion sales in a year. My experience working with Zones helped ignite my interest in the crossroads of business and technology.

With this new found interest, I continue to grow my knowledge in this area through reading, research and social media. I have a particular interest in mobile technology and applications that have proved very handy in Africa so far. My hope is to
acquire work experience with a business and technology service provider and then pursue a career as an entrepreneur in mobile technologies.  My dream is to be at the forefront of making technology available to the masses, particularly in African countries.

In the spring of 2012, I graduated cum-laude from Seattle University with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus on International Business and a minor in French. I look forward to acquiring some work experience in the United States and applying it back home. Business aside, my hobbies include: playing soccer, basketball, reading, watching movies and traveling.










I trust you’re doing well and ready for the beautiful autumn weather. I’m doing well and school is great; it’s my last year of college! Time flies by so fast and I can’t believe I will be graduating in about 8 months. First, I really want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for making it possible for me to receive a great education at St. Edward’s University. I’m honored, humbled and every day I’m a step closer to achieve my goals because of the faith you have in me to dream big and make the world a better place. Thank you! My graduation is May 11, 2013, details are yet to follow in about the next 4 months and I will keep everyone updated because I’d love everybody to be there. Being a senior feels great but its bitter sweet, I’ve really enjoyed my time at St. Edward’s and the city is beautiful but most of all I’m going to miss the science building, my professors and my research group. However, I’m trying to enjoy every bit of the school year and creating memories with all my wonderful friends. All my classes are going well by far and are really intense, it feels like I’m taking 21 credit hours even though its just 14 credit hours. I’m taking physical chemistry, microbiology, history and philosophy of science, senior thesis as well as research. Its already the third week of school and I can believe can I do this.

Research went well over the summer and I’m continuing with research this semester. In November, I will be presenting at the American chemical society regional meeting in Louisiana and I’m looking forward to that. Also, the American Chemistry society is having their first international-domestic travel summit in North Carolina in November. An international and domestic student form a team and present at the conference. I’m the international student on my team and I’m representing central Texas. I find out in a couple weeks if I’ll be able to attend the meeting and it would definitely be an honor to present at this conference as well. My topic will be molecular modelling and drug design.

Also, I’m a chemistry teaching assistant this semester and my students are amazing. I’m involved in several organizations on campus for instance, the American chemical society, academy of science, Asian students association and I’m the vice president of the American Medical Student’s Association. I volunteer at a juvenile detention facility and with ‘Groceries to go’ an organization that helps serve the physically impaired in Austin. Every two weeks or once a month I help do groceries for a gentleman who lives close to my school; he gives me his credit card and a shopping list and I get things done. This semester due to my busy schedule, I will not volunteer in the ER but I’ll resume in the spring.

Along side my school work and involvement, I’m applying to medical school. I submitted my primary applications and some schools have sent me secondary applications and additional essays to know more about my interest in medicine. I’m in the process of completing the secondary applications but I will not be able to complete some of them. Some of the schools require me to be a U.S citizen or permanent resident and some of the schools require a financial guarantee in order to process my application. Anyways, I’m applying for a PhD in medicine (specializing in cardiology) at the University of Cambridge and the Gates Cambridge Scholarship. I’m really excited and hopeful that everything will work out.
Again, thank you so much for believing in me and for all your support and encouragement. Have a great week ahead!


Elizabeth Kaweesa