‘This award will help me realise my dreams,’ said honours student Ms Bongolethu Diko, who won an Archbishop Denis Hurley Scholarship.
Diko was awarded the scholarship along with three other College of Humanities students: Mr Francis Fabian Akpa-Inyang, Ms Memory Ngwazi and Ms Zama Shabalala.
Raised by a single parent in the small rural Eastern Cape town of eNgcobo, Diko always believed hard work and dedication would propel her to great heights.
‘The tough financial situation at home compelled me to search for work during holidays so that I could contribute towards expenses at home and also buy myself academic material.
‘This scholarship relieves a lot of the financial burden and I can now look forward with confidence towards achieving my dreams.
Ngwazi was born in Zimbabwe, she was raised by her two brothers after she lost both her parents when she was young. ‘The scholarship is such a breakthrough. I am very excited and still celebrating!’
Applied Ethics (Honours) student Akpa-Inyang says winning the scholarship is like a miracle. ‘As a Nigerian student there were many challenges including a shortage of finance. I feel privileged and consider this a huge achievement.
‘The scholarship will open more doors for me and I am determined to make UKZN proud of me.’
All four scholarship winners plan to study up to doctoral level.
Giving advice to fellow students Ngwazi said: ‘Don’t lose focus at university, embrace the opportunity and achieve your goals.’