The Mufuka Scholarship was founded in 2002 by Dr. & Mrs. Douglas Mufuka of St, Petersburg, Florida to reward high achieving students from Salvation Army High Schools with college educations at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina. So far, 9 students have graduated from Lander University and 4 are currently enrolled.



Dr. Douglas Mufuka, a native of Zimbabwe, was a child of Salvation Army officers, Brigadier Miles & Elsie Mufuka. As one of five boys and three girls,The Salvation Army was at the center of their lives as a vocation, a place of worship, an educational institution and healer of the sick through their hospitals.

Brigadier Miles Mufuka was known for telling his children that they could become whatever they wanted. The struggle for independence, equality and justice in colonial Rhodesia would serve merely as a backdrop through which Brigadier would develop a laser focus on the power of education, combined with an unfaltering belief in God, to change lives.

Dr. Douglas Mufuka graduated from high school in Zimbabwe. He was awarded a full scholarship to attend Hamilton College in New York. From there he went to medical school at Upstate University of New York Medical School where he met and married his wife Jean, who was teaching nursing at the time. Dr. Douglas Mufuka and his wife Jean have two adult sons, Douglas Jr. an entrepreneur in Indiana and LT. Col. Stephen Mufuka of the United States Marine Corps.

Dr. Mufuka successfully practiced Nephrology in Chicago and the surrounding areas for over 30 years. During that time he and his wife also dedicated themselves to the education of many family members. In 2002 they decided to extend their generosity to high achieving Salvation Army High School students. "These students remind me of myself. I worked hard and Hamilton gave me an opportunity of a lifetime. It turned out to be the foundation on which I was able to build the rest of my life." notes Dr. Mufuka.

When Mrs. Jean Mufuka was asked why the foundation was important to her she responded, "As we neared retirement we began to think of the kind of gift that could last a lifetime and we realized that education is that gift. We gave the gift of education to our children and our nieces and our nephews. Now we are giving the gift of education to students who are very much like my husband was all those years ago. Douglas was a high academic achiever with a spark of intellectual curiosity. He was looking for an opportunity to succeed and he was fortunate to have found Hamilton."

Aunty Jean, as she is affectionately called by the Mufuka family and the foundation students, notes that the key to success is "life long curiosity through reading."



Lois Mufuka Martin, a 1990 graduate of Lander University, serves as a founding trustee and scholarship coordinator.

Lois facilitates all aspects of the scholarship application process including transcript analysis and verification, visa interview preparation and course registration at Lander. She also provides year round support, linkages to summer enrichment and internships, educational advising, soft skills cultural support and counseling to the scholarship recipients upon arrival.

According to Lois her main job "is to help our students make the most of their educational opportunity and to transition seamlessly into the Lander community."



Lander University graduates 293 at spring commencement ceremonies Zimbabwean students gradate (Brenda Kapingidza, Marondera, Zimbabwe, Bachelor of Science, Chemistry; Samuel Mhasvi, Harare, Zimbabwe, Bachelor of Science, Music, and Bachelor of Science, Visual Arts)
Exemplary Students Brenda Kapingidza, a chemistry major from Harare, Zimbabwe offers a testimonial
(Summer 2015)
Musonza Graduates from Medical School Tashinga Musonza graduates from Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Lander Student Shares His Love of Music Samuel Mhasvi will demonstrate his musical talents when he appears in a Senior Recital
Lander students earn academic honors Lander University announces its President's List, Dean's List and Freshman Honors for fall semester 2014.
(Fall 2014)
The Zimbabwe Connection Shalom Chausarira, a chemistry major from harare, Zimbabwe
(Spring 2012, p15)
Lander students inducted into Alpha Chi to recognize outstanding academic achievement Spring induction of 44 students into Lander's Alpha Chi National College Honor Scholarship Society
Touching the Stars Douglas & Jean Mufuka sponsor Salvationist students from Zimbabwe
(Summer 2009)
Grads Urged to be Their Best Grads Signing Off (Christopher Pamacheche, Allan Manyika, Munya Pamacheche)
(Spring 2009)

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Shalom Chausarira

Shalom Chausarira was born in Guruve, Zimbabwe and spent most of her childhood in Harare, Zimbabwe. She attended Howard High School (Chiweshe, Zimbabwe) from 2002-2007. In 2008 she was awarded the Mufuka Family Foundation Scholarship and moved to Greenwood, SC to pursue a bachelor's degree in Chemistry. She graduated in April 2012 and relocated to Raleigh, NC. Since graduation, Shalom authored an ebook, The Journey To Hell And Back, and is currently working on her second book.

Shalom graduated from lander University on April 28, 2012 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Chemistry. She is currently a one-on-one yoga instructor in Raleigh, NC. She has applied to graduate school and intends to pursue a PhD in analytical chemistry.

Shalom's favorite quote is:

There is no greater power and support you can give someone than to look them in the eye, and with sincerity/ conviction say, "I believe in you."
Ken Poirot, Author

Tatenda Makuvatsine

Tatenda is the first born of Mr. and the late Mrs. Makuvatsine from Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe. Essentially, Tatenda lived in the heart of ghetto (Gadzema), surrounded by many school drop-outs, prostitutes and gangsters. However, despite his background not only did he successfully obtained his Ordinary level education at Nemakonde High, but also finished as the best student. In turn, Tatenda became a role model in the community and progressed to do his A level studies at Mazowe High School. At Mazowe, Tatenda was actively involved outside the classroom as the President of the Math and Science Club, Treasurer of the Interact club and prefect among other leadership positions.

Due to financial problems at home, Tatenda almost failed to attend university. Fortunately, through USAP he was awarded a full scholarship by the Mufuka Private Foundation to study Nursing science at Lander University. Studying Nursing is a huge step towards his dream of becoming a cardiopulmonary surgeon. This dream initiated when Tatenda lost his mother from Rheumatic heart disease and a sister from pneumonia. Due to the emotional pain he experienced and many disappointments from the broken health system he grew up in, Tatenda developed an unquenchable passion to become a cardiopulmonary surgeon and he hopes to make his mother and sister relive in his patients. Therefore, it was an honor and a blessing to have the Mufuka Foundation give him wings to fly towards the aforementioned dreams.

Chelesani Nyathi

Chelesani grew up in Nkulumane, a high density suburb in the city of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. She and her three siblings have since been raised by a single mother after the death of the father in 2003. Going to Mgombane Primary School where she showed an outstanding performance, Chelesani got a scholarship that afforded her a boarding school, Usher Girls High, where she spent her six years of secondary education. In 2011 she became one of the 2 best O' level students. Furthermore, at A' level she studied Mathematics, Biology, and Chemistry in preparation for her unquenchable desire of becoming a neurosurgeon. During the six years at Usher High, Chelesani was awarded two other scholarships, including the Joshua Nkomo Scholarship, both of which covered her full tuition, thereby lessening the family's financial burden. On being awarded the Mufuka Foundation Scholarship, she found herself venturing on a journey she had never imagined. Chelesani is a Nursing Science major at Lander University, which is a step towards her desire of becoming a neurosurgeon. Outside the classroom, she is a member of the Lander University Students Nurses Association, and a Chemistry tutor.

The Mufuka Foundation Scholarship is the greatest opportunity that Chelesani has ever had. To her, being a Mufuka scholar means that some people accepted a total stranger into their life and took responsibility of all her basic needs, without expecting anything in return, a gesture that is uncommon, even among family. Thus, she is grateful and believes that God is working in her life through Dr. Douglas and Mrs. Jean Mufuka, together with the rest of the Mufuka family who have given her a home away from home.

Evidence Mushaninga

I am from Bindura, went to Bradley High School and finished my O level in 2009 and A level in 2012. Started Lander University Fall 2014, majoring in Business Administration with an Accounting emphasis. Went to Nyarukunda Corps, Mupfure Division currently going to Greenwood Corps. Facing financial hardships in Zimbabwe, the scholarship has opened doors for me and given me an opportunity to study in America.

Farai Chiutsi

I feel extremely blessed and honored to be a recipient of the Mufuka Foundation Scholarship. The scholarship changed my life drastically. It gave me an opportunity to travel and study abroad. I come from humble beginnings and such an opportunity was privileged to wealthy families and extremely exceptional students.

The scholarship removed a heavy financial burden, associated with post secondary education, from my family and myself and I will be forever grateful. The scholarship has provided me with a strong academic foundation that has helped me build my career as an educator.

Thank you to the Mufuka family for the sacrifices you made to give me and the other students such an extraordinary opportunities. May God continue to bless your family.

Munya Pamacheche

Munya Pamacheche is a 2005 Mufuka Family Foundation Scholarship recipient who graduated in May 2009. While at Lander, he was involved in extracurricular activities such as jazz ensemble, wind ensemble, tutoring, the Lander University Professional Business Society, the National Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society and a Youth mentor at the Greenwood Salvation Army Corps. Munya interned in the Accounting Department at Self Regional Healthcare in Spring 2009 and was offered a job after graduation as a Financial Systems Analyst.

He is currently an Assistant Accounting Manager at the Salvation Army North & South Carolina Division Headquarters. Munya considers his special Lander memory to be the moment he was crowned the LU Homecoming King in Fall 2008.

It is truly amazing how the Mufuka Family Foundation Scholarship has been such a blessing to so many young lives. Giving us the opportunity to pursue our dreams and give back to the community as well as help our families in Zimbabwe. May God continue to bless this life changing movement!

Tinashe Musonza

Tinashe Musonza is a 2005 recipient of the Mufuka Foundation scholarship. Tinashe graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in both Computer Information Systems and Mathematics at Lander University. He also attained a Secondary Teacher certification and was briefly a high school math teacher in Greenville, SC. Tinashe then pursued a career as a web developer in 2011. Tinashe is currently a Senior Technical Consultant at Questback Inc. in Houston, TX.

He is currently an Assistant Accounting Manager at the Salvation Army North & South Carolina Division Headquarters. Munya considers his special Lander memory to be the moment he was crowned the LU Homecoming King in Fall 2008.

A single gift of education brings an immeasurable improvement in many lives.

Christopher Pamacheche

I came to the US in 2007, determined to be a physician one day. I declared nursing as my major so that I could gain valuable medical experience before getting into medical school. During my time at Lander University I joined the wind ensemble, pep band and played intramural soccer which acted as amazing destressing activities. During my four years in school, I worked at Camp Walter Johnson as a nurse's assistant for the first three years and as the camp nurse the fourth year. After graduation, I was accepted into a progressive care nursing residency in Fayetteville, North Carolina. After graduating the nursing residency, I worked there for a year. After that, I moved to Columbia, South Carolina and worked on a surgical trauma ICU. A year later, I decided to go back to Lander University to take my prerequisites for medical school. I started working at Self Regional Healthcare in Greenwood, South Carolina in the CICU while I took my prerequisites at Lander University. After completing my prerequisites, I accepted a Faculty position as a Medical Surgical Nursing 2 Clinical Instructor at Lander University while concurrently studying for the MCAT. I took the MCAT and applied to medical school in 2015. I chose to go to Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and I am currently a first year student and an aspiring Cardiologist or Gastroenterologist. I'm not quite sure yet, I may pursue cardiothoracic surgery; the sky is the limit.

The great Nelson Mandela once said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." The Mufuka Foundation Scholarship gave me the platform to launch my journey into changing the world: one patient at a time. This scholarship has not only changed my life, but also the lives of my family, friends and all the patients I have come in contact with. I am grateful to the Mufuka family for awarding me this opportunity; I will build on from this foundation and eventually pay it forward one day.