Wits University has awarded Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships to the 10 most outstanding matriculants from all schools who have chosen to do their undergraduate degrees at the University.
The Scholarships are valued at approximately R50 000 each and are renewable for each year of the first undergraduate degree provided that academic performance is of a high standard.
The recipients of the 2014 Wits Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships are:
1. Yusuf Mohamed, Maritzburg College, Pietermaritzburg (Bachelor of Science)
2. Zamir Essay, Orient Islamic School, Durban (Bachelor of Science)
3. Azraa Alli, Star College, Durban (B Medicine and B Surgery)
4. Ahmed Raja, Southlands Secondary School, Durban (B Medicine and B Surgery)
5. Sobantu Nyalunga, Ephes Mamkeli Secondary School, Johannesburg (Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Chemical))
6. Shannon Rabinowitz, King David High School, Johannesburg (Bachelor of Science)
7. Sailesh Kondiah, Greenbury Secondary School, Durban (Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Mechanical))
8. Knowledge Dzumba, Thengwe Secondary School, Limpopo (Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Electrical))
9. Ricky Smith, King David High School, Johannesburg (Bachelor of Science)
10. Nabeela Baba, Lenasia Muslim School, Johannesburg (B Medicine and B Surgery)
Wits Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Adam Habib, said the recipients had all shown exceptional academic ability. “These learners are the crème de la crème of the matric class of 2014, and we will be proudly welcoming them to the University and encouraging their academic progress over the next few years.”
The VC’s Scholarships are in addition to the newly announced Equality Scholarships, in partnership with the Department of Basic Education, which will be awarded to the top 10 matriculants from schools in Quintiles 1 and 2.
Wits annually administers about R500 million in financial aid and scholarships on behalf of the National Students’ Financial Aid Scheme, corporates, private donors and other institutions. According to Habib, over half of Wits’ students receive bursaries or financial aid in one form or another.