Ashesi alumnus Daniel Amoshie ’23 named finalist for McGill’s McCall MacBain Scholarship

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  • Electrical / Electronic Engineering graduate Daniel Amoshie ’23 has been named one of 37 finalists for the 2024 global cohort of McCall MacBain Scholars at McGill University in Canada. Students and graduates from 2,250 universities applied for the opportunity. 
  • Up to 30 international McCall MacBain Scholars will be selected after final interviews. If not selected as a scholar, finalists are still eligible for up to $20,000 in scholarship funding for studies at McGill.

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The McCall MacBain scholarships are the result of a landmark C$200 million gift in 2019 by John and Marcy McCall MacBain. The competitive scholarship celebrates young people with exceptional character, community engagement and leadership, and entrepreneurial spirit. Selected students get to pursue a fully funded master’s or professional degree at McGill while participating in mentorship, coaching, and a leadership development program.

At Ashesi, Daniel was recognised for his commitment to research work, focused on smart devices and mechanising agriculture in rural Ghana. In 2021, his low-cost cocoa pod breaker prototype received the top prize at the WeGrow hackathon. The pod breaker is now in production and being sold in Ghana. Daniel also served as a Campus Coordinator for the Open Society University Network(OSUN) on campus and represented Ashesi at several OSUN events.

In his senior year, Daniel also partnered with fellow Mechanical Engineering classmate Munashe to build an incubator that could help rural farmers incubate black soldier flies for affordable fertiliser and animal feed. The project was among the best for the 2023 graduating class.

“Being named a finalist for the McCall MacBain scholarship, I believe, reveals my willingness to embrace challenges,” shares Daniel. “I look forward to further sharpening my skills and gaining insights from mentors and advisors at McGill to develop more solutions for mechanising agricultural activities in marginalised African communities.”

Daniel will attend the final round of interviews in Montréal, Canada, from March 21st to 23rd, meeting with leaders from academia, business, government, and the social sector. The scholarship program covers travel costs for final interviews.

“Integrity, kindness, curiosity, and courage are the characteristics we want to see in the next generation of leaders,” said Dr. Marcy McCall MacBain, Chair of the McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill. “By connecting emerging talent to a world-class graduate education and a community of peers and mentors, we hope to encourage positive leadership for Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and the world.”


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