Vincent Maphai Scholarship awarded to Pharmaceutical Chemist General

Ms Kimberleigh Govender.Ms Kimberleigh Govender.

Master’s in Pharmaceutical Chemistry student, Ms Kimberleigh Govender represented the College of Health Sciences at the recently held Scholarship Awards ceremony 2016, by being the only student at UKZN to receive the Vincent Maphai scholarship.

The award is given to the top-ranked masters student in the entire University, and was, named after the first Chairman of Council of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Executive Director of Corporate Affairs and Transformation at SA Breweries, and former Chairman of BHP Billiton South Africa and holder of many other high corporate offices, Dr Vincent Maphai.

Ms Govender has also been awarded the following scholarships by the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship for two consecutive years (2013 and 2014), Maryam Babangida Scholarship for best female undergraduate going into honours (2015), Zac Yacoob Scholarship for the best honours student in the year 2015 and summa cum laude Scholarship (2015).

‘If I had to describe myself in five words it would be dedicated, hard-working, reserved, humble and witty,’ said Govender. Govender attended Kharwastan Secondary School, based in Chatsworth and matriculated in 2011. According to Govender she always wanted to become a medicinal chemist, researching and developing new drugs and treatment. ‘I have a passion for helping people and I find that this is an interesting way for me to do so’.

Govender informed us that she is greatly inspired by her parents as they are constantly encourage her to do her best in everything that she does. ‘I am truly grateful for having received this scholarship and see it as motivation to continue to do my best in my studies,’ commented Govender.

When asked what advice she would give to other students who are looking to obtain a scholarship from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Ms Govender, emphasised that they really need to put in a lot of hard work, as rewards come to those who are not afraid of hard work. ‘You have to give your best in order to get the best.’

Sinenhlanhla Ngubane