Awuor Onguru

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Attending Yale University, USA, majoring in English with Creative Writing and an Advanced Language Certificate in French. Awuor, from Kenya, was awarded a Beacon Scholarship in June 2015, and was a Beacon Scholar at the International School of Kenya for 5 years.

During her time as a Beacon Scholar at school she remained within the top 5% of her class, was appointed leader of the Simba Chapter of the National Honours Society and served as the grade representative from 2015-2016 and again from 2018-2019. Awuor graduated from school at the top of her class and received the Huduma Award for dedication to service.

Awuor is now in her final year at Yale University. Complementing her academic life, Awuor was a staff columnist at the Yale Daily News and was then elected to the position of Editor and edited Opinion in the 2021-2022 school year. Following her tenure as Opinion Editor, she was awarded the prestigious Yale Daily News Gordon Summer Fellowship Award to write an investigative journalism piece on Arson in Kenyan High Schools. She has also published an article in Teen Vogue Magazine about weight loss trends amongst Generation Z.

After leading the Yale Glee Club through an extremely successful tour of Kenya in the spring of 2023, Awuor was elected Glee Club President - only the second black, female President in the musical group's 162-year history. She is a member of the board of admissions of the Elizabethan Club — a society at Yale devoted to advancing arts and literature for students, faculty, and alumni.

Awuor serves as a recruitment coordinator for the Yale Admissions Office and as the Head Peer Liaison for the Office of International Students and Scholars. She continues to give back to her musical community in Nairobi by teaching music and music theory to young musicians in the city.