Rhodes scoops six Man­dela schol­ar­ships


The Man­dela Rhodes Foun­da­tion has an­nounced its se­lec­tion of Man­dela Rhodes Schol­ars – six of whom will be study­ing at Rhodes Univer­sity this year.

With a to­tal of 8 277 stu­dents, Rhodes Univer­sity makes up 0.8% of all ter­tiary stu­dents in South Africa, mak­ing it one of the small­est uni­ver­si­ties in the coun­try. The Univer­sity has won six of the 52 schol­ar­ships awarded for 2017.

The schol­ar­ship is open to cit­i­zens of all African coun­tries for post­grad­u­ate study at a South African univer­sity. Schol­ars are se­lected from hun­dreds of ap­pli­cants on the ba­sis of their com­mit­ment to ed­u­ca­tion, rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, lead­er­ship and en­trepreneur­ship and a his­tory of above-av­er­age aca­demic per­for­mance.

Dur­ing their time in res­i­dence, the Man­dela Rhodes Schol­ars also par­tic­i­pate in cus­tomised lead­er­ship devel­op­ment pro­grammes.

This is the 13th year in which the schol­ar­ships have been awarded.

The vi­sion of the Man­dela Rhodes Foun­da­tion is to “build ex­cep­tional lead­er­ship ca­pac­ity in Africa”, a match with the Rhodes Univer­sity motto – “Where lead­ers learn”.

Siseko Ku­malo who will pur­sue post­grad­u­ate stud­ies in Po­lit­i­cal and In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies and Phi­los­o­phy has pre­sented at a num­ber of con­fer­ences on ques­tions of lan­guage poli­cies in higher ed­u­ca­tion and sits on the lan­guage sub-com­mit­tee of the Rhodes Univer­sity Se­nate.

Ku­malo con­tin­ues to cham­pion an ed­u­ca­tional project in Joza schools, where he as­sists stu­dents and teach­ers in cur­ricu­lum devel­op­ment and teach­ing.

Poloko Mos­esi will be study­ing to­wards a Mas­ter’s de­gree in So­ci­ol­ogy. Re­cently, Mos­esi’s en­deav­ours and com­mit­ment to col­lect san­i­tary tow­els for school girls was ac­knowl­edged in her home town and the lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­ity pledged to pro­vide boxes of san­i­tary tow­els, as well as bi­cy­cles, so chil­dren have a way of get­ting to school.

Sheena Talma will be study­ing to­wards a Mas­ter of Science de­gree in Fish­eries Science and Ichthy­ol­ogy.

Talma has also led the es­tab­lish­ment of com­mu­nity en­gage­ment projects, such as the wildReach wildlife club at Nt­sika High School.

An­cha An­gel Bu­lunga will be study­ing to­wards her Mas­ter’s de­gree in Ed­u­ca­tion. She has been a mem­ber of the stu­dent vol­un­teer pro­gramme since her first year at Rhodes and has served as one of the stu­dent lead­ers at Home of Joy.

As an Al­lan Gray Fel­low, Bu­lunga has been in­stru­men­tal in the es­tab­lish­ment of Ex­is­ten­tial Con­ver­sa­tions with Inku­l­uleko at Nt­sika High School.

With a vo­ra­cious ap­petite for lit­er­a­ture and lit­er­ary stud­ies, Keenan Col­lett will be study­ing to­wards a Mas­ter’s de­gree in English. His pas­sion for lit­er­ary stud­ies mar­ries with and is fed by his in­tense com­mit­ment to so­cial jus­tice and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment.

Si­nenhlanhla Bhengu will study to­wards a post­grad­u­ate de­gree in Eco­nomics.

Her vi­sion is to im­prove the lives of South Africans by ed­u­cat­ing them to be crit­i­cal thinkers: par­tic­i­pants rather than ob­servers, chal­lengers of the norm and cre­ators of op­por­tu­nity. Bhengu was awarded the 2015 Al­lan Gray Aca­demic Achieve­ment award, as well as be­ing on the Rhodes Dean’s List and be­ing awarded an In­vestec Top 100 Aca­demic Ex­cel­lence award. In 2015, she founded a tu­tor­ing pro­gramme in her home com­mu­nity, where she taught English, Math­e­mat­ics, and Science to school chil­dren.

“We con­grat­u­late our stu­dents for their con­tri­bu­tions, and thank them for rep­re­sent­ing Rhodes Univer­sity in a way that we can all be proud of,” said Mabizela.

“We trust this schol­ar­ship will fur­ther de­velop their knowl­edge and lead­er­ship and ad­vance our ob­jec­tive of build- ing a bet­ter so­ci­ety and a bet­ter world.”

The Man­dela Rhodes Foun­da­tion, based in Cape Town, is one of the three of­fi­cial char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions es­tab­lished by for­mer pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela. The oth­ers are the Nel­son Man­dela Foun­da­tion and the Nel­son Man­dela Chil­dren’s Fund.

The MRF is a part­ner­ship with the Rhodes Trust, which sep­a­rately ad­min­is­ters the Rhodes Schol­ar­ships to Ox­ford Univer­sity. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the Man­dela Rhodes Schol­ar­ship is avail­able on their web­site: www.man­de­larhodes.org

• Veliswa Mhlope is Rhodes Univer­sity’s Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager

Poloko Mos­esi

Siseko Ku­malo

Si­nanhlanhla Bhengu

Sheena Talma

Keenan Col­let

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