Kofi Owusu Boakye 2004
Kofi has traveled a long way in a short time – from a little village in the West African country of Ghana, to playing football on the lawn at the University of Virginia, to consulting for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Kofi was fourteen when he came to the United States and entered first Minnie Howard and then T.C. Williams High School. Kofi says of T.C. Williams: “One never really forgets that school. There was virtually no interest that the school couldn’t accommodate- great teachers; wonderful learning opportunities, and plenty of activities to develop leadership skills. I learned as much from activities like intramural sports, Latin club competitions, and participating on the debate team as I did from sitting in my classroom.”
At UVA, where he earned a B.A. in Foreign Affairs and Economics in 2003, Kofi served as a teaching and research assistant in a course on Africa and the World, and as editor of a newsletter on African and Caribbean cultures. He also served as vice president of the UVA chapter of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. He was an active member of the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society, a volunteer tutor in the Charlottesville I Have a Dream Foundation and a Big Brother.
Today Kofi is a development finance specialist with the United States Agency for International Development. He has traveled extensively throughout sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern Europe overseeing US Government loan guarantee programs.
Kofi is proud to have been selected as one of the Scholarship Fund Portraits of Success and is honored to be part of what he calls “this great homegrown program of encouragement and support.”
T.C. Williams Class of 1999
B.A., Foreign Affairs, Economics, University of Virginia, 2003