In 2003, QS founded the “QS Educational Trust”, a scholarship with the mission of becoming a major, independent, community-based route to postgraduate scholarships. The QS Scholarship Scheme provides and sources educational scholarships for international students. QS is committed to motivating talented individuals to reap the benefits of international higher education. An amount of $6 000 in scholarships for African students was awarded at the QS-MAPLE Conference.
Selecting who should be awarded scholarships out of a pool of applicants was a tough job for the committee, but they came to a decision and three very deserving University of Johannesburg (UJ) students were nominated.
These students were selected because they embody the UJ values of “imagination, conversation, regeneration and ethical foundation.” They have demonstrated these values through academic excellence and in social engagement endeavors at UJ, including promotion of internationalisation, thereby enriching the fabric of UJ society.
Samantha Senosha is a third-year Bachelor of Arts degree student at the University of Johannesburg, majoring in Community Development and Leadership and Public Management and Governance. She is among the top 15% of academic achievers at UJ and is on the Dean’s Merit List.
“I feel so privileged to be presented with the QS Education Trust Scholarship. Hard work has paved the way for greater success. We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light. With this scholarship I wish to further my studies, because learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.”
Jacques was awarded the 2011 Vice-Chancellor’s Medal for the most meritorious master’s student. He is currently registered for a PhD in Engineering.
“Despite all the challenges, namely the language and culture shock I encountered when pursuing my studies at UJ, perseverance and keeping sight of my goals drove me to academic success. Receiving this award comes with great responsibility; the benchmark has been set high and now I have to work that much harder. I will use my scholarship funds to further my studies.”
Elana Smit was the top-achieving third-year student for BCom (Marketing Management) in 2012. She is currently enrolled in the BCom Honours (Marketing Management) programme.
“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you. This scholarship ensures a brighter future for me and I am extremely proud of myself. I have proven yet again to reflect the great qualities a UJ student holds, and I hope all my fellow classmates get inspired to work as hard.”