Spotlight on a Scholar: Justus Uwayesu (2019)
Justus Uwayesu is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Economics at Harvard University with a minor in French. He is interested in the role of education and infrastructure in accelerating the growth of emerging economies. Justus founded Seven United, a youth-run non-profit in Rwanda with the dual mission of providing children from low-income families with access to quality education and of empowering young people to be servant-leaders in their communities. Justus recently created a U.S.-based branch of this organization for which he is the Board Director. At Harvard, he has served on the Freshmen Council for Service to Society and has participated in numerous volunteer projects. He was awarded the university’s Mack I. Davis Memorial Prize, given to one undergraduate student annually for commitment to diversity and community service, and has been nominated for The IDEA Award from IDEA4Africa. He is a 2016 Cheng Fellow in the Social Innovation + Change Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School. Justus believes that education is a fundamental human right and an opportunity that everyone should be granted. In his free time, he enjoys photography and fishing. Justus is 25 years old and from Rwanda.