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   Date: 3/9/10 Bookmark and Share

Diana Chiyangwa ’08

Home country: Zimbabwe
Major: engineering (minor: economics)

After graduating from Smith, I began graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, pursuing a M.S in Technology and Policy. I am currently working on energy policy with a main focus on electricity and climate change. After earning my M.S., I am planning to work with an international agency developing strategies to reduce climate change impact in Africa, where I believe the effects of climate change are mostly concentrated.

As a poor international student from Zimbabwe, the Coulter Scholarship enabled me to concentrate less on finances and more on academics. It was such an honor being awarded this scholarship and all the assistance that came with it made me enjoy my Smith experience so much more. I was able to go home more easily with the travel money, and I always had all the books that I needed with the book stipend. It was a blessing for which I am eternally grateful.

I have always been a young woman who works for what she wants to achieve. Smith built on this and made me realize that I will achieve anything I work for. Smith made me more strong-willed and more passionate about what I believe in. When you come to Smith, you definitely leave feeling more empowered than you could have ever imagined. If you want to be a leader, then Smith is the best place to be!

There are many gifts in life, but very few have an impact as great as that of education. The Coulter Scholarship not only impacted my life, but also my family’s, my small society and there is only more to come. Scholarships given to students from developing countries touch more lives than one could imagine. My scholarship was no doubt life changing, and I am sure there are plenty more lives to be changed!

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