Congratulations to the 2023 King-Morgridge Scholars (KMS) Program Graduates!

King-Morgridge Scholars May 12, 2023. (Photo © Andy Manis)

KMS is the first scholarship created specifically for international undergraduates at UW–Madison. Candidates are selected for drive, academic success, and commitment to addressing problems of poverty alleviation in their own countries/region. Awarded students received a full-tuition scholarship to complete their undergraduate studies.

We are pleased to announce the latest King-Morgridge Scholars and share a little bit about their interests, time at UW, and successes. Congratulations to all the graduates on your amazing achievements. We cannot wait to see the incredible things you all accomplish in your upcoming adventures!

Spring 2023 Graduates

Che John Belove Fu (CJ), Cameroon

Majoring in computer engineering and engagement, CJ used his skills to intern with the Department of Health Services, as a data engineering intern with Yapstone, Inc, work as a research assistant, a math tutor, teaching assistant and student mentor.


Mildred Sifa Chome (Sifa), Kenya

Sifa majored in mechanical engineering and received a certificate in gender and women’s studies. She was awarded the 2021 Wisconsin Idea Fellowship to promote STEM education for young women in her home city, held an internship with John Deere, worked as an undergraduate course assistant in her area of study and was a Clinton Global Initiative Scholar Awardee.

Lennox Owino Ochieng, Kenya

Lennox received degrees in actuarial science and finance, and investment and banking. He served as the chair of the finance committee for Associated Students of Madison, interned as an actuary with American International Group (AIG), was the 2022 Ginsberg Family Award recipient and was awarded a Wisconsin Idea Fellowship for a Portable Library Box project providing literacy materials to primary school children in Nairobi.

Kinzang Wangmo, Bhutan

Kinzang, a 2020 undergraduate research scholar, received her degree in global health. She interned for the Associated Students of Madison, working on projects related to equity, interfaith spaces, and inclusion for international students. She also served as a Student Health Ambassador during part of the COVID pandemic period, participated in global health field experience in Sri Lanka as was a member of Project Malawi.

Tenzin Choden, Tibetan born in India

Tenzin received her master’s in business analytics. She served as the vice president for the Tibetan Students Association of Madison, the vice president of finance for Alpha Kappa Delta Phi (multicultural sorority), a facilitator for Our Wisconsin—an inclusion education program and worked as a Badger Volunteer with the Morgridge Center for Public Service.

Japheth Otieno (Jeff), Kenya

Jeff earned his master’s in finance, investment and banking. He interned with Barclays Corporate & Investment Bank in New York City and with Mahlako A Phahla Investments based in South Africa through Stanford Seed, served as the treasurer for the Wealth Management Club, was a member of the Capital Management Club. Jeff is also a two-time finalist of the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) Case Competition.

Winter 2023 Graduates

Paul Adu (Alaska), Ghana

Alaska majored in electrical engineering and with a certificate in physics. During his time on campus, he has been a research assistant with Professor Dan van der Weide’s group, held an internships with Automation Components Inc. and Cisco Systems, Inc., and worked with the Emerging Leaders in Engineering Program.

Belise Kinda Teta, Rwanda, Winter 2023

Belise earned degrees in industrial engineering and data science. During her time as a Badger, she has held internships across the world, ranging from data analytic work in Rwanda to Starburst Aerospace in Los Angeles, CA. She has also worked as a data assistant in the Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies, as a drop-in coordinator for Greater University Tutorial Service (GUTS) and served as the co-president of Project Malawi.