Dennis Mashindi

McConnell Scholar Class of 2021


Dennis Mashindi, of Lexington, Ky., is a member of the McConnell Scholar Class of 2021 at the University of Louisville where he is majoring in public health with minors in biology and political science. He is a Woodford R. Porter Scholars and a Coca-Cola Scholar. 

Honors Societies

  • University of Louisville Honors Program


  • J. Blaine Hudson Award
  • Director of the Health Ambassadors in All Policies Program, Envirome Institute
  • Humana Foundation Health Leader
  • Louisville Leadership Award
  • Men of Peace Leadership Award

Campus and Extracurricular Involvement

  • Senator, University of Louisville Student Government Association (2018-2019)
  • President, African Student Union
  • Task Force Freshman
  • Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Scholarship Program
  • President of the Health Ambassador Cohort, 2019 
  • President, SPORA Scholars Program
  • Head Coordinator for Thrivals, College of Business, University of Louisville
  • Chief Executive Officer, SPORA Media Production
  • Longalethu Aquaponic Research Project, Selous, Zimbabwe
  • Social Coach for Autistic Youth, Prospect, Kentucky
  • Harvard University, Harvard Kennedy Institute of Politics

Community Service

  • Mashindi Medical Missions, Senior Missions Director
  • Mashindi Medical Missions Board Member, Zaka, Zimbabwe 
  • Tinopasa Tutoring Program, Chekenyere, Zimbabwe
  • Tinopasa Tutoring Program, Zaka, Zimbabwe
  • African Language Tutor, SPORA African Language Learning Project

Internships and Work Experience

  • Research Intern, Envirome Institute, University of Louisville

High School

Dennis is a 2017 graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, where he was president of his school's chapter of the Spanish Honors Society. He was president of the Young Democrats, as well as president of the Security Council for the Kentucky United Nations Assembly. Additionally, Dennis was selected as a Coca-Cola Scholar and was an active volunteer for Camp Access: Camp for the Mentally and Physically Disabled. He was a 2016 Kentucky Governor's Scholar.