The beginning of 2018 ignited a rollercoaster of emotions. It was the first few days of realization that school was officially over, and it dawned on me that independence was slowly approaching. Upon my acceptance to study at the University of the Western Cape, I jumped at the opportunity of furthering my studies, at the chance of expanding my knowledge and making something of myself by changing my future irrespective of my past.
In the beginning of my academic year 2017 nothing looked promising. There was a constant worry that kept me under pressure and drained a lot of energy that should have been spent on my studies. I couldn’t afford to buy myself textbooks and the essential study material I needed. But I had the opportunity to be studying in the North West University Potchefstroom campus and this was more than enough. I had registered three modules then, and set a goal for myself to pass all the modules I had during the first semester so as to prove to those who are in a position to if not invest in me, to at least aid with my financial difficulties.
Every moment was a chance to improve and learn, and at the same time to work In order to survive. The first semester came to an end and I had done exactly as planned, I passed all the modules I had. This was now the time to execute the second phase of my mission, to start searching for financial aid to pay my studies at least. This proved to be difficult than I had actually thought. I spent most of my time going through every business office, government institution and potential financial aid agency that could at least assist a student in my situation during the second semester.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and extend my sincerely gratitude for your support and contribution to my academics. My lifelong dream of attending medical school is moving forward, thanks to INISA STUDENT GRANT 2017.
I am honored to be one of the recipient of the INISA STUDENT GRANT 2017. Thanks for your generosity support, since i am the first in my family to attend collage my dream is becoming reality at international medical and technological university.
The 75% award gives me an opportunity to earn skills that will serve the community following graduation. I thank you personally for your generosity."
Die diesjährigen INISA Stipendiaten heißen Nontumekelelo Magwa und Elphas Toringep. Beide studieren an der University of Cape Town. Wir wollen Nontumekelelo und Elphas helfen, auf ihrem Weg weiter zu gehen und einen Beitrag zur Zukunft des südlichen Afrikas zu leisten. Diese Unterstützung ist dringend nötig: Studiengebühren von etwa 25.000 Rand im Studienjahr bilden für viele talentierte junge Afrikanerinnen und Afrikaner eine kaum überwindbare Hürde.
In diesem Jahr fördert die INISA Fred Memela von der University of the Witwatersrand („Wits“) in Johannesburg. Fred wurde am 9. April 1985 in Ladysmith in der Provinz KwaZulu Natal geboren. Nach dem Tod seines Vaters im Jahr 2001 lebt er mit seiner Mutter und drei Brüdern Jabulani, Bonginkosi and Musawenkosi im Township EZakheni Sektion E, welches außerhalb von Ladysmith liegt. Zum Studium ist Fred nach Johannesburg gezogen und lebt dort zeitweilig in einem Studentenwohnheim.