31 August 2015 Volume :3 Issue :40

Talented Music student awarded two prestigious scholarships

Talented Music student awarded two prestigious scholarships
Music student Ms Rashalia Pather.

Music student Ms Rashalia Pather has been awarded two prestigious scholarships - the Lawrence and Constance Robinson Scholarship for the best single undergraduate in the University and the Townley Williams Scholarship for the best student entering the final year of study in a first degree.

Pather was surprised yet ecstatic to receive the scholarships and grateful to the University and the sponsors.

‘As one of four dependants solely supported by my father, who is a pensioner, and my mother, the prospect of embarking on a costly university degree had been financially daunting. These scholarships have relieved my family of a financial burden and facilitated my academic endeavours,’ said Pather.

The scholarships have enhanced Pather’s plans to undertake further postgraduate studies in piano performance with the aim of becoming a professional concert pianist and piano teacher.

‘Music has been my passion since childhood, and I have always dreamed of becoming a professional pianist,’ said Pather. ‘I chose to study a Bachelor of Music degree at UKZN because it offers outstanding instruction from some of the country’s best musicologists, composers, and performers, which, coupled with the supportive and friendly environment provided by the Music department’s staff and students, fosters both academic and personal growth.

‘Studying music at UKZN has also allowed me to remain closely connected with my family and to spread the joy of music in my hometown.’

Pather’s family were delighted to hear that she had been honoured with the prestigious scholarships, and grateful to UKZN for its support.

‘I would like to thank the scholarship donors for providing me with this amazing opportunity.

‘Also, a huge thank you to my loving parents, sisters, and grandmother for their unfailing and invaluable support in all my musical endeavours. Thank you for teaching me the value of hard work, passion, and humility – these principles will guide me for the rest of my life.’

 ‘I believe these scholarships not only bolster the ambitions of current achievers, but also inspire others to follow in their footsteps,’ added Pather.

 Melissa Mungroo

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