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Lorrine Maleya – 2011 Scholarship Recipient

WAAW Foundation Scholarship Recipient - Lorraine from Kenya

We recently caught up with the second of four of our 2011 Scholarship Recipient – Lorrine.

First introduce yourself.

My name is Lorrine Maleya, I pursue a course in Mechanical Engineering in Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. I am currently in my fourth year of study.

Tell me a bit about your educational background.

I studied in my primary education in Busara Forest View Academy, after then I pursued my high school in Moi High School Kabarak in which I was able to qualify for a course of Mechanical Engineering.

How did you first hear of WAAW Foundation scholarship program?

I first heard of the WAAW Scholarship through my sister who had seen a poster at her university. She then told me to sign up and apply for a scholarship. This opportunity presented itself when there were difficulties in paying my school fees and I am very grateful I managed to be among the recipients of the scholarship program.

How has the scholarship helped you in your educational pursuits?

The scholarship will enable me to successfully pursue my course at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. It will also enable me to qualify for a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in which I will acquire more knowledge and pursue further projects that are focus on effectively using renewable sources of energy as well as protecting our natural resources. My portfolio in AIESEC, a global organization that focuses on leadership development among the youth, enables me to interact with students from abroad and exchange knowledge and ideas across.  In this forum, I would also like to acquire an exchange opportunity in form of an internship in a country that is innovating rapidly in renewable energy systems so as to add value to my projects.

How is WAAW scholarship going to help you in realizing your plans for the future?

WAAW Foundation is a forum that has helped me to visual my dream. My dream is to come up with projects that will foster the development of large scale renewable energy projects suitable in both rural and urban areas. This will be a core factor in human development in Africa. In this I plan to acquire more innovative ways of utilizing renewable energy that will contribute positively towards all the sectors of the economy as well as mobilize women to take on these projects as women are birthers and they will birth but new technologies.

What would you like to do when you graduate from school?

After finishing my degree course, I plan to pursue graduate training to acquire skills that are on the competitive edge of technology. Shortly after, I would like to do my masters, preferably in a developed country so as to exchange ideas to come up with great innovations.

What might someone be surprised to know about you?

I would love to go for hiking in one of the highest mountains in the world.

How would someone describe you?

People would say that I am an optimistic, loyal, strong and hardworking woman.

What else do you have to say to WAAW Foundation?

WAAW Foundation is an organization that has seen the need of the society today. As the saying goes, when you educate a girl child, you educate the whole village.  Women have always been leaders and they will birth out new technologies that are eco-friendly and add economic value of the society.