31 August 2015 Volume :3 Issue :40

Humanities Masters students get Rick Turner Scholarship

Humanities Masters students get Rick Turner Scholarship
Mr Obadiah Moyo is one of the recepients of the Cecil Renauld Overseas Scholarship.

Masters students Mr Obadiah Moyo and Mr Joseph Okeke were awarded the Rick Turner Scholarship at a glitzy UKZN Scholarships ceremony.

The Rick Turner scholarship was established to honour the memory and contribution made by Dr Rick Turner to the discipline of political science at the University and his much wider contribution to civil society.

This award is directed at excellent postgraduate students in the broad disciplines of Politics and Labour Studies, but who also exhibit a depth of community engagement.

Speaking about attaining the scholarship, Moyo said, ‘Being awarded this scholarship is a dream come true because I always knew that I have what it takes to achieve academic greatness. However, I was aware of the fact that my parents did not have the means to ensure I get the opportunities.

‘With that said, the scholarship is everything to me because I have been granted the opportunity that I have been praying for and I am ready to use it to the very best of my capabilities.’

Okeke views the scholarship as an encouragement in his academic career. ‘Through the scholarship and all that Dr Rick Turner stood for, I want to use the knowledge acquired in my studies and be able to make a difference, and touch the lives of people in more significant ways.’

He believes that the scholarship is important as it supports the students who are in financial constraint. ‘Knowing that we are being supported financially to realise our academic goals, is a great source of motivation in one’s studies.’

Both students are keen to pursue their studies further and in the future, be more involved and active in community engagement.

Melissa Mungroo

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