Five postgraduate students from the College of Humanities were each awarded a Rick Turner Scholarship which honours the memory of slain activist Dr Richard Turner and his contribution to the Discipline of Political Science at UKZN.
The scholarship is awarded to excellent postgraduate students in the broad disciplines of Politics and Labour Studies who also exhibit a depth of community engagement.
The students are:
- Mr Dominic Dummene Lele, who is studying towards a Master’s degree in Environmental Sociology, was ecstatic when told he was a scholarship winner. Lele says the scholarship will give him peace of mind about paying his fees and other expenses. ‘It also boosts my academic zeal and passion to study further.’
- Mr Fidelis Joseph Udo, who is studying towards a Master’s degree in International Relations, said that he felt honoured to be a scholarship recipient. ‘This scholarship will help me in my Master’s studies. It will cover some expenses which I would otherwise have spent time worrying about.’
He thanked the University and said he was challenged to develop a more generous attitude towards people.
- Mr James Ndlovu, a Master’s student in Conflict Transformation and Peace Studies, said: ‘It is such a humbling achievement which I do not take lightly because I believe that the greatest tool that I have as a leader is my own personal example and attaining such merit demonstrates to everyone else that anything is possible.’
He said the scholarship placed huge responsibility on him to inspire fellow students to reach greater heights and exploit their potential.
- Master’s student Mr Obadiah Moyo says being recognised for his hard work and dedication, has boosted his confidence.
‘This is a blessing from God which I am very grateful for. The scholarship is also a reward for hard graft and will always remind me that dedication and hard work pays off.’
- Mr Tigere Muringa a Master’s student in the School of Arts, says he is so grateful to the UKZN Scholarships Committee and the sponsors for recognising his unfettered and unremitting contribution to the University community and his exceptional academic performance.
‘The University of KwaZulu-Natal is one that rewards merit and in that process nurtures and inspires excellence and greatness.’