Ross Student Wins Prestigious Fellowship That Will Send Her to Tanzania For A Year

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You could say that Meagan Malm, BBA ‘18, is a fan of Tanzania. She’s studied there twice already, for two to three months at a time, during a Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates and as a Fulbright Hays student.

Now, Malm is preparing to spend an entire year in the country. She is the 2018 recipient of the University of Michigan Wallenberg Fellowship, which is awarded each spring to a graduating senior who has shown exceptional promise and accomplishment to service and the public good.   

The fellowship provides Malm with $25,000 to carry out an independent project of learning or exploration anywhere in the world during the year after her graduation. She’ll be living in the Tanzanian cities of Dar-es Salaam and Mtwara, studying the role mobile phones play in reducing poverty.

Malm is hoping the year in Tanzania will provide her with valuable information to launch herself as a social impact entrepreneur in East Africa, using technology for social good.

The Wallenberg Fellowship honors U-M alum Raoul Wallenberg, who graduated with a degree in architecture in 1935. As a Swedish diplomat during World War II, he saved the lives of tens of thousands of Jews in Hungary, using safe houses and creating special passports for them.

Malm said it feels great to be connected to Wallenberg and the fellows who have come before her.

"I hope to imitate his incessant receptiveness for discovery in order to grow as an individual and accept the challenge to help others," she said.

We can’t wait to see the amazing things Malm does next. Congratulations, and Go Blue!

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