Scholarship Recipients


Name

Muhozi Aimable

Intended Major/Degree

Accounting

Home Town

Clarkston

State/Country

Georgia

Why did you choose to attend UGA?
I chose to attend UGA because I love diversity and UGA provides that. I also chose to attend UGA because of the large number of Alumni I know of that will help me in terms of networking and job opportunities. I am interested in Majoring in business, and UGA has a great business school. Additionally, I liked the atmosphere of UGA.
What are your college career plans/aspirations?
I want to become a Certified Public Accountant. I would also like to one day open up my own accounting firm and focus primarily on helping small businesses that might not otherwise be able to afford accounting services. Small businesses owned by refugees have difficulty in affording accountants and recent refugees are also often not aware of the American accounting requirements and have little or no knowledge about the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). I want to become an accountant so that I can help those businesses grow and assist refugees in moving ahead in life in America. If I do well here in America in helping resettled refugees grow in their businesses, I would like to go back to Malawi and help refugees there as well.
What would you say as a thank-you message to the University’s generous donors who
financially support your UGA experience?
Since I am completely dependent on outside support such as scholarships to pay for college, opportunities like this bring me hope of attending college. The scholarships I have received will open a bright future for me; a future where I will be able to take care of my family, myself and those around me. I want to say thank you to the people who have provided me with these opportunities to further my education by providing me with scholarships at UGA, I promise to work hard no matter what the adversities are.
What kind of difference would you like to make at UGA or in the world?
I come from Malawi where I lived as a refugee for ten years. Living in Malawi as a refugee, I often faced many struggles because the government did a poor job of protecting refugees. Refugees were discriminated against, not allowed to open or start businesses, and even beaten by the natives if they refused to compromise with what the natives were saying. So at UGA I would like to start a club that discusses issues that are being faced by refugees in African countries. This club would provide the opportunity for students to learn more about refugees in Malawi and gain greater understanding of the struggles that refugees face all around the world. I would provide detailed information and facts about the issues and struggles a Malawian refugee faces. The club would increase awareness and help others know about the struggles that refugees go through in everyday life. It could also help to empower students to use their knowledge, skills and future professions towards taking action against human rights violations.
Name/s of scholarship awards you have received
Gates Millennium Scholarship and UGA Coca-Cola First-generation Scholarship
What has your scholarship meant to you or enabled you to do?
These scholarships have meant a lot to me. They will enable me to further my education without having to worry about loans and other expenses for attending college. They will make my college career easier.