Five students at the College of Law and Management Studies have each received a Frene Ginwala Scholarship worth R18 000.
The students are Ms Mbali Mkhize, Ms Nokukhanya Cumaio, Ms Nokwanda Thango, Ms Nothando Mthimkhulu, and Ms Portia Mokoena.
Mkhize needed a loan to continue with her studies but the situation looked bleak at the beginning of this year as she did not meet the requirements.
‘My guardians are both unemployed, which meant that I did not qualify for a loan. Then with just a week before registration I was informed I had been awarded the scholarship. It was the best moment ever in my life and such a relief as I had almost given up being admitted to UKZN,’ said Mkhize.
Mkhize is doing a BCom majoring in Finance and Marketing. ‘I chose finance because there are a wide range of career opportunities and it challenges one’s critical thinking and interpersonal skills.’
Mokoena, who is doing an LLB degree, grew up in historic Sharpeville near Johannesburg. ‘I saw and experienced principles of law as well as law enforcement and I wanted to get involved and make a difference.’
‘The biggest challenge I faced leading up to the commencement of my tertiary studies was getting funding. My parents were - and still are - in no financial position to fund my studies so I had to apply to various financial institutions but had little success,’ said Mokoena.
‘The Frene Ginwala Scholarship has been a life changer, opening so many doors for me. What a pleasure it is to not have to worry about paying fees and to rather concentrate on my studies.’