First year Medical students Nothando Simelane, Lona Dabula, Londiwe Makhanya, Sinazo Dinga, Celiwe Bhengu and Noluthando Ndlela are the lucky students from the College of Health Sciences (CHS) who received the prestigious Frene Ginwala Scholarship at the Scholarship awards ceremony 2016.
Frene Ginwala scholarships are special prestige entrant equity awards that are made to the top Black African female entrants coming into the University as new undergraduate students in all disciplines. The award is named after the first Chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and the former Speaker of Parliament.
When asked about why they have chosen this career path, the students all seemed to agree with one another that their calling in life was to make a difference and to help those in need. They all sounded passionate and enthusiastic about striving for greatness, serving their communities and leaving their mark on society. ‘Since I was a little girl, I have been always concerned about people’s health, taking care of my parents even my siblings when they are sick,’ said Noluthando Ndlela.
‘The society in which I reside, with its ever growing population and burden of diseases, inspires and motivates me to strive for excellence and work to the best of my capabilities with the help of God, to bring about change in my society by improving the health status of the people dwelling in it,’ said Londiwe Makhanya.
With such big dreams, the students emphasised that they knew that this comes with hard work, determination, discipline and a whole lot of sleepless nights. When asked what advice they would give to other UKZN students who are looking to obtain scholarships, they all seemed to agree that perseverance, staying focused and hard work is the foundation for greatness.
The students were very grateful to the University of KwaZulu-Natal for awarding them with this opportunity as this will then ease their financial burdens and allow them to focus on achieving outstanding academic results. This is one of the many ways in which the University of KwaZulu-Natal is ‘inspiring greatness’, one student at a time.