Only a few people can boast about being recognised as a top student among several thousand in each College of a leading University and five students from UKZN’s College of Law and Management Studies are among them.
They are Mr Dean Adams, Mr Arjun Nandlal, Mr Lancis Chetty, Mr John Kruger and Ms Zakiyya Reheman.
They each received the Malegapuru W Makgoba Scholarship which is awarded to the five top-ranked undergraduates proceeding from first-year to second-year study in each of UKZN’s four Colleges.
For Adams, the scholarship lessens the stress about tuition fees on his journey towards becoming a chartered accountant.
‘One of the major challenges was finding the money to pay for my fees because my parents are not in a position to foot the bill. The Lord answered my prayers and I’m now free of financial burdens,’ he said.
Nandlal, who passed his matric with seven distinctions, received the top overall first-year student prize at the 2016 UKZN–SAICA Students Awards Ceremony.
‘A university education is usually cost prohibitive which even with good matric results is often a major problem for students. The financial pressure I experienced last year without the scholarship, together with the transition from school to university and coping with challenging studies made 2015 extremely difficult for me. I am grateful and blessed to have received this scholarship and thank UKZN for it,’ he said.
Reheman was among the top 30 matriculants in the country in 2014 with seven As and achieving an A-aggregate made the difference in terms of being awarded the scholarship.
‘Maintaining an A-aggregate at university level is a mission! When I achieved my goal and received the scholarship I was ecstatic. It is a great reward for the effort I put into my modules and it motivates me to continue striving to do my best in the future,’ said Reheman.