Academic Excellence A Way of Life for Frene Ginwala Scholarship Recipients
Being awarded a Frene Ginwala Scholarship means that you recognised as one of the top Black African female entrants coming into UKZN and this is a privilege that first-year Bachelor of Commerce Accounting students Ms Senamile Dlamini, Ms Thembelihle Thusi, Ms Nontuthuko Maphumulo, Ms Ntobeko Ntombela and Ms Ncomeka Mwelase do not take lightly.
For Dlamini, matriculating top of her class whilst at Pietermaritzburg’s Carter High School was a great achievement on its own and being awarded this scholarship is the cherry on top.
‘My mother took on the task of single-handedly raising me after the death of my father in 2005 so funding was one of the biggest challenges I faced when I was thinking about tertiary education. Being a recipient of this scholarship has certainly lightened the financial burden from my mother’s shoulders and makes me feel a sense of self-actualisation. I honestly do not believe I would have been able to achieve the matric results I did had it not been for my high school teachers’ hard work and dedication and my family’s support. Upon completion of my undergraduate degree, I hope to pursue an Honours degree and start the hard but rewarding journey towards becoming a chartered accountant,’ said Dlamini.
For Maphumulo attaining seven distinctions at Westville Girls’ High School was a difficult juggling act only achievable from hard work, dedication and the support of her family and teachers. ‘In matric, I was juggling quite a few commitments but I had to learn to find a balance between my academics and service to my school and church. The first term was particularly busy but I spent every spare moment at home going over my work so that I could continue producing results that I would be pleased with. Put simply, the three things that helped me (and continue to help me) with my (school) work are hard work, perseverance and diligence,’ said Maphumulo.
Words: Thandiwe Jumo
Photograph: Rajesh Jantilal