It’s Three in a Row for Brenda Gourley Scholarship Recipient
Consistent hard work and academic excellence has yielded results for Law student, Ms Zakiyya Reheman who was awarded her third scholarship from the University at the recent Scholarship Awards Ceremony.
Having been awarded the Pius Langa Scholarship in 2015, the Malegapuru William Makgoba Scholarship in 2016 Reheman has topped it off with the Brenda Gourley Scholarship this year.
The scholarship is awarded to the second ranked undergraduate student in the entire University.
‘Receiving the scholarship opens the door to various opportunities for me. Apart from it looking good on my CV, it also shows my prospective employers my dedication towards excelling and also eases the financial burden on my parents.’
Reheman says to receive the Brenda Gourley Scholarship, she had to maintain an A-aggregate in all her modules which was not easy.
‘Managing to obtain an average of 80% and above at university-level requires blood, sweat and tears and my greatest challenge has been believing in myself. Self-doubt has always crept up but I have not allowed it to cripple me,’said Reheman.
She attributes her strong-will and determination to the unwavering support from her family and friends.
‘I have a strong support system and my family and friends continue encouraging me to reach my full potential. I am also very grateful to UKZN for believing in me and awarding me this scholarship.’
Being a top achiever is not new to Reheman as she was DUX learner in Grade 7 and matriculated with seven A’s in 2014. Speaking about her qualification and her future plans, Reheman says she chose Law because she has always wanted to serve the public and ensure that people obtain the justice that they deserve.
‘I plan on maintaining my A-aggregate in my remaining years at university. In the future, I plan on working my way to the top at a prestigious Law firm.’
Reheman lives by the words of William Arthur Ward who said: ‘If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.’