Scholarship winner seeks help to fulfil dream opportunity

2011-08-05 00:00

A DELIGHTED pupil at Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High, Sibongakonke Dlamini (16), has been awarded a partial scholarship to study a two-year international baccalaureate diploma at ­Mahindra United World College of India, where she will finish her grade 11 and 12 schooling. Studies commence next month.

The college has pupils from across the globe and has 11 faculties.

Said Sibongakonke, who comes from a village in Umkhanyakude District, “I read about the scholarship in The Witness late last year and then I got interested and I applied.”

She said that throughout the interview process in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng the panel of interviewers were impressed with her intelligence.

“I was excited when I got an SMS informing me that the United World College of South Africa accepted me to be part of this programme in India.”

However, Sibongakonke’s dream of going to study overseas may not become a reality if her family fail to raise R70 000 before the end of this month.

She needs to cover tuition, accommodation, airfare and pocket money.

She said she will be let down if the funding does not come through because this is the opportunity she has been waiting for all her life.

“I’m really looking forward to learning about different cultures and achieving good grades,” she added.

Her father, Thulani  Dlamini, said he is doing his best to make sure that his daughter’s dream comes true. “So far I only have R5 000. But as a committed father to my daughter’s bright future, I haven’t thrown in the towel yet.

“I have made a commitment that she will go, no matter what the current financial circumstances,” said Dlamini.

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