PMB pupil receives ‘Oprah’ scholarship

2016-12-14 06:02
PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile Lusanda Chamane has been awarded a scholarship to attend the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in 2017.

PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile Lusanda Chamane has been awarded a scholarship to attend the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in 2017.

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AN Imbali pupil is over the moon after being awarded a scholarship to attend the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in 2017.

Lusanda Chamane (13), a Grade 7 pupil at Berg Street Primary said she is excited to be joining the prestigious school.

Speaking to Maritzburg EchoLusanda, who is the 2016 Berg Street Primary dux, said she applied for the scholarship after her uncle Mzamo Chamane saw an advert in a newspaper.

“I applied early this year, I faxed through all my documents to a number that was provided in the advert and received a text message to say I had been invited to write an entrance test.”

Lusanda wrote the entrance test in March at the Gateway Christian School and in June received a call inviting her to Johannesburg for another test.

“I passed the first entrance test and was invited to the school for further selection and more intensive testing of academic and leadership potential in June.

“In October I attended the final selection camp for three days at the academy. There I got to see the school and took part in activities they had planned for us on the days.

“After the final camp, I was referred to a social worker who visited me at home to assess my situation and she handed me a letter to say I had received the scholarship for the 2017/18 academic years.”

Lusanda said she is still in disbelief.

“I’m very excited, my friends have also said they want to apply for the scholarship next year so they can join me. I’m happy that I’ve inspired them to also want to attend the school.”

She said after high school she wants to study medicine. “I’m going to ensure that I work hard for the two years to retain the scholarship until I reach Grade 12. After that, I want to study medicine because I want to help sick people.”

Mzamo said he encouraged her to apply because he could see she had potential.

“She is a very smart girl, she does well at school and always receives awards for being top of her grade. When I saw the advert in the newspaper I cut it out and encouraged her to try her luck because I knew she would make the cut.

“We are very proud of her and hope she will continue her work ethic until she completes her Grade 12 and fulfills her dream of becoming a doctor.”

The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls provides pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds with an opportunity to develop their full intellectual, social and leadership potential.

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