Second-year students from the College of Health Sciences Aziz Mulla (Bachelor of Occupational Therapy), Eran Taylor (Bachelor of Medicine), Gareth Mogambery (Bachelor of Medicine), Simphiwe Ndlovu (Bachelor of Medical Science) and Travis Ajodha (Bachelor of Pharmacy) have been awarded the prestigious Malegapuru W Makgoba Scholarship at the UKZN Scholarship awards ceremony 2016.
The scholarship is awarded to the five top-ranked undergraduates proceeding from first-year to second-year study in each of the four Colleges. The recipients are therefore the top students among several thousand colleagues in each College of the University.
‘I am pursuing a degree in Occupational Therapy because occupational therapy is a very holistic profession and as a therapist, I can assist people and give back to my community,’ said Mulla.
When asked about their recipe for success, students agreed on hard work, believing in yourself, determination, discipline, association with the right people, never giving up and staying committed to the task at hand.
‘Words cannot express my gratitude and I thank God that UKZN has selected me for this scholarship,’ commented excited Adoja. ‘I plan on becoming a researcher in the pharmaceutical sciences. I hope to research and investigate new chemical entities that will help treat and cure diseases that are currently incurable.’
Students expressed how honoured, proud, grateful and blessed they felt to receive such a prestigious award from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Ndlovu stated that this award meant a lot more to him as it proves that your background does not have to determine your future.
‘I feel honoured to receive this scholarship award because it will give me the opportunity to make a difference in my community because where I am from this does not happen regularly. This is going to inspire others by showing them that they too can achieve anything,’ responded Ndlovu.
‘Had I not received this scholarship, I would have had to pursue other means to fund my studies, such as looking for a student loan or a scholarship from a private company. My father will be entering into retirement soon and this scholarship has definitely taken away the huge financial burden of my studies for this year, and for that I sincerely thank UKZN,’ said Eran Taylor.
Students expressed their gratitude to the University of KwaZulu-Natal as this meant that they could focus all of their attention on achieving academic excellence and not having to worry about tuition fees, but rather working towards obtaining another scholarship next year whilst striving for greatness.