Shawn Mwenje


Shawn Mwenje Oct Large20 years old, attending the University of Cambridge, UK. Shawn was awarded a Beacon Scholarship in May 2020.

Shawn is studying towards a BA in Architecture at Lucy Cavendish College, having achieved A*AA in Art & Design, Maths, and Physics in his A-Levels at St Andrew’s School, Turi. During his gap year in 2020-21 he worked as an intern at Planning Architecture and Land Use in Nairobi, as well as selling prints from his own artwork.

At school, Shawn was in the basketball team, provided sound and technical support for music and drama, and designed the front cover of the school’s published book – Whispers from the River. He also shot and published a YouTube film on the school Rugby Tournament, and was the school photographer.

A School and Boarding House Prefect voted by students, Shawn was also on the Mental Health Committee. He also led expeditions to partner schools to support the local community, creating shelving for a community project.

He was in the Charity Committee, took up the United Nation Challenge of being one of 7 Global social leaders and created ‘Tembea Turi’ (‘Let’s Walk Turi’) project, encouraging individuals in the community to go to school. He was also part of the team that designed and built a woodstove installed at Loita hills to reduce indoor pollution.

Beacon Workshop Participation

As a new Beacon Scholar, Shawn spoke about the Citizenship Project he conducted whilst on his gap year. His project centred around empowering children from disadvantaged backgrounds through art and creativity at a local community centre.