UKZN & NMU open up about the Moshal Scholarship Program

Moshal Scholars from UKZN & NMU chat to us about what the Moshal Scholarship Program means to them, as well as their highlight of the 2018 Annual Event.

Ayanda Hadebe (Medicine, 5th year).

What was your reaction when you found out you had been chosen as a Moshal Scholar?

“I thought it was a joke. For real, I thought it was a joke. I was just busy cleaning at home, washing dishes. I had seen this number that had been calling me for like a week. So one day, I was like, maybe it’s just a promotion or those annoying spam callers, I thought to myself let me just answer it. The person on the other end said “Hi, my name is Jodi Bailey, I’m from the Moshal Scholarship Program, and you have been selected to become a Moshal scholar”. I was like ‘I’ve been selected?’ I had forgotten that I had even applied for the scholarship. I was so stressed, I was supposed to register for first year and I had no finances to do that. When she said I had been selected, I just screamed with joy. My prayers had been answered”.

How has the Moshal Scholarship changed your life?

A lot. It has changed a lot. Thinking about it now, I probably wouldn’t be here doing this degree and being this happy. I’d be somewhere but probably not where I am. My parents are not financially stable, they’re not working. It was going to be hard, I won’t lie. But the Moshal scholarship has made my dreams come true.

What does being a Moshal Scholar mean to you?

The Moshal values they teach us are crucial. It has taught me that as a human being you need to give back to others, your community, even if you don’t have much. Giving back doesn’t mean money. Giving your time is a form of giving back. It has taught me to strive to help others, whenever I can, wherever I can.

What was your highlight of the Annual Event?

I think the session we had about starting your own practice and managing your finances was vital and relevant. It was information I didn’t know before but surely will put to good use in the future.

 

Mzamokwakhe Mtembu (BSc Pharmacy, 2nd year, NMU).

What was your reaction when you found out you had been chosen as a Moshal Scholar?

I was a very happy man. Very happy. I was stressed when I got to varsity. NSFAS had not responded to my application. Then my school financial aid officer told me that I had received the Moshal Scholarship. That was great, I was so excited.

How has the Moshal Scholarship changed your life?

My life has changed a lot. When I came to varsity, I had shabby clothing, I didn’t know how I was going to survive even for a month. Then Moshal came along and took out that darkness and gloom from my life. I have found the soft skills training useful for myself and my degree. I wouldn’t have received this training anywhere else. I’m grateful for that. My family also has benefited a lot from the scholarship. My mom was really struggling taking care of me and my sister, but now that I have a scholarship, it has eased that burden and she only has to worry about my sister.

What does being a Moshal Scholar mean to you?

It means being respectful, paying It forward to other people. I’ve been given a shot at success, and I can’t take that for granted. To me Moshal has become synonymous with paying it forward. I’m finding ways to pay it forward all the time. I tutor students in my spare time. I volunteer at local charities, and I still feel like I should do more.

What was your highlight of the annual event?

It was when we went to the panels where I got to meet lecturers from Wits and other universities. They shared their expertise. I didn’t know that there are other options besides working in a hospital or a pharmacy after my degree. But I got to know that there are other things I can do like industrial pharmacy or oncology pharmacy. I was delighted to be part of that panel and that information I got from it will prove invaluable in the near future.

 

Mickaylin Desai (Bcom Accounting, 1st year, UKZN)

What was your reaction when you found out you had been chosen as a Moshal Scholar?

It is indescribable. I was not at home when I got the call from Mandy that I had been chosen as a Moshal scholar. I was at work. At that time, I was trying to figure out a plan about how I was going to pay for my registration fees. I was still short by a considerable amount just for the registration fees, let alone the tuition fees. I was overwhelmed when I heard the good news. I started crying on the phone. I asked my manager for a moment to go outside and let it all sink in because I could not believe it. I called my mom to let her know that everything was going to be okay. It was such a relief to her that was all going to be okay.

How has the Moshal Scholarship changed your life?

It has taken the financial burden off my hands. All I need to now be strive to excel in my academics and pay it forward. It makes my tertiary education much easier knowing that I only need to worry about my academics.

What was your highlight of the Annual Event?

There was a couple of highlights. Firstly, to know how many lives have been impacted by the Moshal Scholarship Program was inspirational. Being part of such a big family and listening to their stories was amazing. It makes you appreciate life more when you hear about someone’s struggles and their story and how they’ve overcome their challenges. That inspires gratitude in me.

What does being a Moshal Scholar mean to you?

It’s the way you carry yourself. You’ve got to set an example. You’ve got to be a leader. You’ve got to paint a good picture and be an exceptional individual.

Thanks goes to Maxwell Thabiso Ntinga for his help with this article!