Chelimo Koitaba

2021 Chelimo large219 years old, attending Imperial College London, UK. Chelimo was awarded a Beacon Scholarship in May 2020.

Chelimo is studying towards an MEng in Biomedical Engineering. She scored above the required 80% in all her core termly ‘Mastery’ assessments, which she achieved through careful time management and by working collaboratively with her study group. She found some modules challenging, but she achieved an overall 2.2 for the year. Chelimo also taught herself coding in Python to support her module.

Her ambition to pursue her love of tennis this year was delayed due to COVID-19 until the summer term, when she was able to play some recreational games. She participated in the Gospel Choir’s Christmas and Easter virtual concerts by submitting videos of herself singing. She also took part in some online Afro-Caribbean dance sessions.

Chelimo has particularly enjoyed developing her mentoring skills this year, including successfully mentoring a Year 13 student through her university application and preparation for interviews. She has been an active member of the East African Society (EASOC) and has been voted as Treasurer for next year.

She became involved with the Afro-Caribbean Society (ACS) outreach programme, encouraging more students of colour to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at Imperial. She submitted a video talking about her course and attended an ACS engineering outreach workshop, where she engaged with 6th form students. 

Beacon Workshop Participation

Chelimo's 2021 Summer Beacon Citizenship Project was about peer mentoring and tutoring youth in Nairobi, Kenya. 

In Leadership Workshops, she has grown in confidence as the year progressed by showing greater participation and engagement. Chelimo has also been supportive of other Scholars.