Zvikomborero Parafini 

HIGHERLIFE Foundation country director, Philani Nyatsanza, has challenged beneficiaries of the Joshua Nkomo Scholarship to aim higher and follow in the footsteps of successful past recipients.

He said this at an event where 50 students were awarded this year’s scholarship.

The scholarship, which was started in 2005, provides financial and living support to Zimbabwean students with high grades in their A-Level examinations, with a focus on Science, Engineering, Technology and Maths (STEM) degrees. 

To date, 3 050 of some of the country’s brightest students have received help, with 60 percent of scholarship recipients being women.

The Joshua Nkomo Scholarship alumni include some parliamentarians, global thought leaders and corporate bosses.

The scholarships are provided by Higherlife Foundation, which also offers funding to students at primary and secondary schools through the Capernaum Scholarship.

“The Joshua Nkomo Scholarship embodies our unwavering dedication to educational empowerment, ensuring that bright minds have the support they need to reach their full potential.

“Through (the scholarship), we aim to uplift communities, drive progress, and inspire the leaders of tomorrow who will shape a brighter future for all,” said Nyatsanza.

Joshua Nkomo alumni, Kundai Mari, a lawyer and entrepreneur, said the scholarship helped her achieve her dreams.

“I received the scholarship in 2011 to study law at the University of Zimbabwe. It came at a time when my parents didn’t have the financial means to take me through university.

“One thing the scholarship does is you engage yourself in community outreach and career guidance programmes. 

“I managed to meet young girls I have been mentoring and I think I have made an impact in their lives. You leave as a wholesome person,” Mari said.

The Joshua Nkomo Scholarship is named after Zimbabwe’s late former Vice President Joshua Nkomo. 

It is one of the multiple scholarships awarded by the Higherlife Foundation.

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