Student gets scholarship

2017-09-13 06:00
Keabetswe Malebo being presented with her award by Moses Xaba, acting manager of Columba Free State.Photo: Supplied

Keabetswe Malebo being presented with her award by Moses Xaba, acting manager of Columba Free State.Photo: Supplied

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A bright student of the University of the Free State (UFS), Keabetswe Malebo, has received a Columba Leadership Award in the form of a scholarship. The recently presented scholarship celebrates achievements by former Bloemfontein resident Ida Manana.

Malebo was chosen as the deserving brightest young leader to receive the scholarship established with the main objective of enabling economically disadvantaged young women with strong character to achieve their potential through higher education. She plans to pursue a qualification in law and set up her own firm as a way to both serve society and create much-needed jobs.

“The scholarship is a values-based leadership programme developing responsible leaders and employable young people,” says Tracy Hackland, chief executive officer at Columba Leadership.

“It celebrates the memory of Manana, a woman from Bloemfontein who emigrated to the USA, where she became an integral part of her local community.”

She says Malebo was chosen as the deserving young leader from over a hundred applicants from schools throughout the greater Bloemfontein. She participated in the Columba Leadership programme at the Sediti High School in Thaba Nchu and impressed everyone she encountered with her confidence, strong character and service ethic.

“Keabetswe embodies the epitome of the values of the Columba Leadership programme. She is a passionate and committed young leader, with strong character and a willingness to serve her peers and community.”

The scholarship was created by Abbe Levin, a noted American business owner, in partnership with Columba Leadership and the UFS School Partnership Programme.

The scholarship will cover all the costs of Malebo’s studies at the UFS. These include tuition and fees, as well as the cost of accommodation, food, textbooks and a laptop.

Hackland says Columba has, for the last five years, worked in the Free State, reaching out to 21 schools and unlocking the potential of hundreds of young leaders.

She says although Manana started with only a rudimentary level of education, she constantly strove to improve herself, mastering both literacy and numeracy.

“She always made time to help people in her adopted community in Washington DC, where she first met Levin and the two became friends. Deeply touched by Ida’s determination and unshakeable character, Levin decided to set up the scholarship in memory of this extraordinary person.

“After years of planning, the scholarship became a reality when Levin discovered Columba Leadership.”

Columba seemed the perfect match, explains Levin.

“They work with economically disadvantaged youth and empower them to achieve their potential.

“I wanted that potential to continue for young women in the area.”


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