Canadian Alumni bursaries in full swing

September 2018 | Fall 2018

Canadian Alumni bursaries in full swing

Our thanks to those alumni who are supporting the Canadian Alumni bursaries, as well as those alumni who are supporting individual specific bursaries. Your assistance is making an impact on the future of individuals, families and communities.

Here is feedback on the six students receiving a level of support from the Canadian Alumni Bursary funds this year. All bursaries are awarded based on merit and home situation/financial need. Government fees funding only kicks in from First year (2018), and so the students below are still relying on bursary support to complete their degrees. Funding support will still be needed for those in the ‘missing middle’, i.e. households earning less than $60,000 per year - the cutoff for government funding of fees is $35,000.

The Canadian Alumni MBChB Bursary is supporting four students this year -

Ms Tsakane Hadebe, from KwaZulu Natal. Her passion is to work with the sick and elderly, and she hopes to specialise in neurology. She is in her 3rd year of study.

Ms Desire Kabini, from Mbumalanga, voluteered at a local old age home in her community. The lack of facilities in her community inspired her to study medicine. She is also in her 3rd year of study.

Ms Ntombifuthi Mkwanazi, in 5th year is also from KwaZulu Natal. She assisted her grandmother taking care of her grandfather dying of cancer - it inspired her to study medicine. After completing her degree her goal is to make a meaningful contribution to the research of finding a cure to cancer.

Ms Zethembiso Nxumalo, is from the rural area of Izingolweni in KwaZulu Natal. She lives with her mother and two siblings, her father having passed away in 2006. In high school she was one of the top learners. Her leadership skills and passion about giving back to the community have cemented her goals of making a difference in the health care in South Africa. She is in her 4th year of study.

At the postgraduate level, the Canadian Alumni Postgraduate Bursary fund is giving its support to Masimi Lulama, in his first year of a Masters in the Department of Theatre and Performance (Faculty of Humanities). Dylan Walker is taking his first year of Masters in the Department of Commercial Law, in the Faculty of Law.

The selection is a broad range of students who all show proven ability and great promise. We wish them the best of luck with upcoming exams.

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