Scholarship Fuels Ambition for BCom Students
For Bachelor of Commerce students, Ms Suwayfa Abdul Karrim, Ms Merissa Gopaul and Ms Yadika Dhaniram being awarded the College Deputy Vice-Chancellor Scholarship is the motivation they needed to fuel their ambitions.
Living in a single parent family means a lot of financial stress for Abdul Karrim hence this scholarship is a welcomed relief.
‘My mum, who has always been my motivation passed away when I was 16. As a single parent my dad tried his best to ensure I had everything I needed for my education but he cannot afford everything. The scholarship will make my life much less stressful. It is truly a blessing to receive the scholarship and I would like to say thank you to UKZN from the bottom of my heart,’ she said.
Abdul Karrim who admits that pursuing a BCom qualification can be challenging is very optimistic about what the future has in store for her.
‘I chose the BCom qualification because I want to be a chartered accountant and love the corporate world. I also enjoy living my life with integrity and that’s exactly what this qualification entails. My future plans include getting my degree this year and hopefully complete my honours. I then hope to complete my articles at one of the big five accounting firms,’ she said.
For Gopaul the scholarship is a validation of the hard work she has put into her studies and is motivation for her to work even harder. ‘Having this scholarship is not just of monetary value to me as receiving such a prestigious award will allow me to standout from other candidates in the job market therefore it has changed and enhanced my career opportunities,’ she said.
With becoming an entrepreneur being her ultimate career goal, Gopaul says she is looking forward to establishing herself as a leader in the commerce field.
‘I plan to be a businesswoman and to continue my studies as well as to better myself through focusing on business leadership. The commerce world provides many opportunities to add value and contribute to the economic growth of South Africa,’ she said.