UKZN awards R80 mln in scholarships this year

2013-09-09 00:00

THE University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) says it has awarded R80 million in scholarships this year, nearly R20 million more than last year.

The startling number was announced last week when the university recognised its 73 top-achieving students.

An impressive R62 million was distributed in 2012 to more than 3 000 students by the university through scholarships and merit bursaries based on the results of the academic year of 2011.

This year a total of 4 000 awards were made to students who attained outstanding results in undergraduate, honours, masters and doctoral studies during 2012. The scholarships awarded are largely funded by the university and donors and demonstrate the calibre of students choosing to study at UKZN.

Deputy vice-chancellor for teaching and learning Professor Renuka Vithal said: “Scholarships are awarded on a fiercely competitive basis in which merit is the most important criterion. A stringent selection process is followed. Among the considerations for selection are the marks obtained, the top marks and size of the class, the number of certificates of merit, dean’s recommendations and the consistency of high performance. The students finally recognised are the very best of thousands of hopefuls.”

The scholarships are named after individuals, for example Pius Langa, Frene Ginwala and Zac Yacoob, and they cover a wide range of subjects and specifications. Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students entering university for the first time based on their Grade 12 performance.

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