Class of 2022
Jim Ovia Foundation Leaders Scholarship
I am from Gweru, Zimbabwe. During my childhood, life was grey; it wasn’t flawless. Both my parents were self-employed. We would always be chased out of school due to not paying school fees. I remember at one time we sold fine salt from the comfort of our home so that we could be able to get something to eat. It was hectic, but I thank God we survived.
I am the first person in my immediate family to attend university. I am also the second person in my extended family to see the doors to a university.
To me, the scholarship shows me that even though my family does not believe in the excellence of a girl, there are still people out there who think that we can make an impact on society. Without this scholarship, I would have been probably selling something on the streets of my high-density suburb in Gweru. I thank god for bringing the Jim Ovia Foundation to my rescue. I salute the donors who made my university dream a reality because it was really a milestone for me. I also encourage them to continue with their excellent work, because there are many more people who really need their help to access university education.
“I salute the donors who made my university dream a reality because it was
really a milestone for me. I also encourage them to continue with their
excellent work, because there are many more people who really need
their help to access university education.”
I chose Ashesi because of many reasons. I wanted a school that would give me a liberal arts education and would enable me to explore greater heights beyond my major. I also wanted a school that would equip me with the tools I need to succeed after graduation. I wanted a school that I would fit in with the rest of the student body and also build lifelong relationships. I also wanted a school that is need-blind, a school that had great possibilities of offering me a scholarship if admitted, and I found all that in Ashesi.
I plan to study Computer Engineering at Ashesi. This is because I love technology and do not want to be left behind when the world technology revolution begins; I want to be part of it. Ever since I was a child, I’ve always been fascinated by the way cellular phones work and how they operate. I also wondered about wireless communications when I made phone calls. I am also interested in mechanical engineering because I love machines and how they operate.
After graduation, I plan to be a software developer. I want to be able to help young girls in my society to attain a world-class education instead of going to an internet cafe. I also want to make the internet a free resource in the community I come from, hoping that I will meet people who share similar views with me, and we will help each other to impact the girls in Africa as well as on the world stage.
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