Four College of Humanities’ students were awarded the Malegapuru W Makgoba Scholarship for their outstanding academic performance.
They are Ms Kerry-Leigh Anderson, Ms Kevoli Pillay; Ms Lynne Richards and Ms Kajal Brijlal.
‘I had been denied a student loan previously and was struggling to pay my student fees, so being awarded this scholarship has meant a great reduction in my financial stress,’ said Anderson, a Bachelor of Social Science student majoring in isiZulu and Psychology.
Pillay, who is studying towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies, said she was thrilled about receiving the award. ‘This scholarship has made it possible for me to participate in the UKZN exchange programme and study in France.’
Although the scholarship has significantly reduced her anxiety about paying fees she will continue putting immense pressure on herself to excel academically. ‘I want to gain as much experience as possible during my studies in order to pursue a career which I know will make a positive impact on society.’
Richards, a Bachelor of Social Science student (Industrial Psychology and Management), says the scholarship will broaden her horizons. ‘As an individual I do not shy away from leadership roles and this scholarship enables me to focus solely on my academics without the financial anxiety.’
‘Attending a tertiary institution is a great privilege in the current economic climate and therefore this scholarship lessens the financial burden on my parents who are of pensionable age.’