Now here is a most interesting sophomore: the shy brilliant Jean Paul Mugisha, whose family fled war-battered Congo for a refugee camp in Rwanda, where Jean Paul and his family lived in a mud house, no electricity, no plumbing, one meal a day. Studying math, physics, and chemistry on his own, he got a perfect score on the Rwandan national high school exam — but as a refugee he was banned from scholarships to Rwandan universities. But the nonprofit These Numbers Have Faces discovered him, the United Nations settled his (ten strong) family in Portland, and Jean Paul spent last year studying at PCC and interning at Allison Engineering. By chance he met University president Father Mark Poorman, C.S.C., who was so impressed that he offered Jean Paul a scholarship; and today he is an electrical engineering major, a Villa Maria resident, and a soccer fanatic. His ambition: somehow, someday, bring electricity to his Rwandan community.
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