Local to study in US

2018-07-10 06:01
Sinesipho Klaasen who has won a scholarship to the United States.

Sinesipho Klaasen who has won a scholarship to the United States.

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Not everyone gets the opportunity to study in America and gain experience solving social, economic and environmental problems, and meet a global network of mentors and lifelong friends.

Sinesipho Klaasen, a learner from Chapel Street Primary in Woodstock and Kensington High, was successful in her application to study a Bachelor of Science in Social Entrepreneurship at the Watson Institute at Lynn University in South Florida.

“The Watson Institute understands that to solve the toughest challenges facing the world, we must equip the next generation with the necessary tools, network, mindset and courage to unleash a lifetime of impact,” Klaasen says.

Her scholarship only covers $25 000 of tuition and accommodation fees. She still needs a plane ticket or a prospective donor to be responsible for her sponsor documents so she can get a visa.

“This is a three-year course and I’ll be one of 15 international cohorts of innovators and social entrepreneurs who will engage in their passions and solve significant social, environmental and economic challenges­.

“The application process was in four stages. In round one you had to submit your application online to the Watson Institute; applicants that made it to the second round had to complete a short task to showcase their communication skills, then you were interviewed and had to apply to Lynn University for final admission.”

She will connect with a powerful network of mentors and social entrepreneurs­.

“Among them are Jerry White, a leader of the Nobel Prize-winning International Campaign to Ban Landmines, Tom Chi who helped invent Google Glass and the self-driving car, as well as Erin Schrode, the youngest person to run for US Congress,” Klaasen says.

For the duration of her studies she’ll be based in South Florida.

“This is not my first visit overseas. I have travelled to Zagreb in Croatia when I was selected as part of the 2000 Changemakers across 30 countries who are leaders in their respective communities, to attend Leap Summit. Leap Summit brings people from all over the world together in one place to learn together in order to solve the most pressing challenges of our time,” she says.

Klaasen is the first person in her family to pass matric and attend university.

“The USA is home to some of the world’s leading universities. I am looking forward to high academic standards and cultural diversity. I am also looking forward to travelling and learning new valuable skills while I am there. I cannot wait to personally meet my amazing classmates who are on this journey of changing the world.”

She will be staying on campus.

V Email Klaasen at sinesipho@activateleadership.­co.za if you can assist with sponsorship.


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