Awarded to a member of the alumni community who graduated in the last 15 years whose professional accomplishments, service to almamater, and/or selfless and caring work to benefit society are distinctive.
In 2008, as a first-year student at Bucknell, Uganda native Muyambi Muyambi set out to improve the standard of living in rural Africa. With a vision and seed funding from the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), Muyambi founded Bicycles Against Poverty (BAP). The nonprofit's lease-to-own model provides bicycles to rural African communities to improve access to clean water, health care, schools and town resources. Muyambi has biked across the U.S. and Uganda to raise money for the effort and to date the organization has distributed 2,000 bicycles (read more in the winter 2015 issue of Bucknell Magazine).
Muyambi was one of five students invited to attend the annual CGI conference in September 2008. His partnership with CGI continued as a two-time mentor in the area of transportation and as a CGI University conference presenter. Muyambi also served as the keynote speaker for the 2011 Millennium Campus Conference.
Before coming to campus, Muyambi attended the last two years of high school in Norway at the Red Cross Nordic United World College, a school aimed at promoting international understanding. Muyambi graduated from Bucknell in 2012 with dual degrees in civil engineering and economics. He is a grantee of the esteemed Burma-Bucknell Bowl Award, received a personal letter from President Barack Obama acknowledging BAP, and was recognized as a 2013 National Geographic Traveler of the year. Other distinctions include being named the 2009 Bucknellian of the Year, placing as an east coast finalist for the national Stay Classy Volunteer of the Year award and receiving the Bucknell Agent of Change award, among other leadership awards.
Muyambi worked in the civil department at Clark Construction for nearly four years. His first project was the $1.2 billion Dulles Corridor Metrorail project in mid-2013. Currently Muyambi is pursuing a master's of business administration at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business with a focus on finance. He continues to work with Bicycles Against Poverty in his free time.