The Sky is the Limit for Determined Scholarship Winner
Ms Sinethemba Dlamini, a recipient of the Frene Ginwala scholarship, says financing her studies is now the least of her worries having been awarded the prestigious scholarship.
Named after the first Chancellor of UKZN and the former Speaker of Parliament, the Frene Ginwala scholarships are special prestige entrant equity awards made to top Black African female entrants coming into the University as new undergraduate students in all disciplines. Scoring excellent grades in matric is what earned Dlamini the scholarship.
Dlamini attended Nondenisa Secondary in rural KwaZulu-Natal before coming to UKZN where she is pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering on the Howard College campus. She said being awarded this scholarship was a dream come true.
‘The reason I say this is because after being awarded this scholarship, financing my studies has become the least of my worries. It has enabled and motivated me to carry on working hard on my studies.’
When she was in Grade 10, Dlamini attended a women’s engineering workshop on campus which she credits for influencing her choice of academic programme.
‘It made it clear to me that engineering is not for men only. Being part of Protec exposed me to different engineering fields because I was shadowing in factories like Huletts and FFS Refinery. This made me decide that I wanted to do chemical engineering,’ said Dlamini.
Dlamini credits her mother as being her role model because despite being uneducated and not having a stable job, she always made sure they never went to bed on an empty stomach. ‘My mother made sure I had all that I needed for school throughout my primary and secondary school years,’ she said.
‘I want to work for a big company like Sasol and after four years of working, I wish to further my studies, hopefully to a PhD level, whilst working,’ said Dlamini.