Benson Wainaina


I am a Kenyan citizen currently residing in the city of Nairobi. While the city is at its peak in development, each resident has ingeniously stepped up to contribute in one way or another to ensure we reap the most out of the numerous opportunities available. What I find most fascinating is that this shared interest has helped nurture a sense of cohesion and unity, which has cemented the relations between the diverse city dwellers. I am fluent in three languages: English, Kiswahili and the local tongue (Kikuyu).

I look forward to enrolling into the electrical engineering program at Penn State University. I have always been fascinated by the numerous applications and manipulation of electrical energy into various facets of the society. I believe that the comprehensive program will help mold me into an efficient and innovative electrical engineer who will pioneer greater projects in my country. I believe that I will be of great service to my country as we push forward to achieving our Vision 2030, a dream of untold development.

In my leisure time, I love to play soccer and swim. These activities have helped me remain fit and widen my scope of friends. Once in a while, I engage in karaoke and perform songs. While I am not super talented in singing, I find the experience exhilarating and an excellent avenue to expand my social circle.

I am humbled to be a Botstiber Scholar and I look forward to making maximum utilization of the myriad opportunities available in the program to hone my skills in leadership, to expand my scope in academics and improve my interpersonal skills. I believe that the program is the perfect platform to help me learn and transform into a prolific scholar.

The Botstiber Scholarship and Botstiber Foundation as a whole is a blessing to me. It helped me purse a degree in technology which is close to my heart. With this, I’ll be able to get involved in the development of my community after school. Not only did the scholarship eliminate the expenses associated with school, but it indirectly helped me make great connections with people from around the globe.