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Alfonce Mutuku is a criminal justice major from Hyattsville, Maryland, who aims to pursue

a career in cybersecurity. Someday soon he will be defending computer networks from

intruders. In the meantime, on the soccer field, the rangy striker is giving defenders fits,

popping up in places they would rather not see him. Appearing in 17 games, Mutuku

helped Lycoming’s men’s soccer team achieve an incredible record last year (15-3-3).

Off the field, Mutuku, now a junior, is carrying a double minor in computer science and

French along with his major, and last summer he was selected for the Williamsport

Internship Summer Experience (WISE). Paired with the Lycoming County Department of

Children and Youth, he got an inside look at an agency that works to redirect the lives of

troubled kids. “Seeing the social work that goes along with criminal justice was fantastic.

I’ll be able to apply what I learned to my future positions.”

As the Mazie E. Ulmer Endowed Scholarship recipient for a second year, Mutuku is making

the most of it, earning a spot on the Dean’s List and a 3.5 GPA as a sophomore. “This

scholarship has brought me new opportunities,” said Mutuku, who is member of the

Black Student Union and a brother in the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. “Last year I was

able to engage more within the Lycoming community so I could grow academically and


During the summer, Mutuku worked as a student orientation staff leader, helping incoming

freshmen transition to life at Lycoming. “With the continued support of others, I’ve been

able to achieve more and work toward my dreams. I am blessed to receive the help that I

have, and enjoy giving my support to others where I can.”