NWU student secures first place for top scholarship

Issued by North West University
Johannesburg, Oct 2, 2020
Obriel Takunda Maposa

Obriel Takunda Maposa, North-West University (NWU) student and member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, has secured the first prize for the Golden Key Ubuntu scholarship programme.

The scholarship celebrates dynamic young scholars who are exceptional at embracing the three core pillars of Golden Key Society – academic excellence, leadership and community service.

The Golden Key society is the world’s largest collegiate honour society for graduate and undergraduate students. It has chapters at tertiary institutions across the world and offers various annual scholarships.

The Ubunto scholarship was open to all 130 000+ Golden Key members from the 16 chapters in South Africa. Three prizes were awarded – R30 000 for first place, R20 000 for second and R10 000 for third place.

On 18 September, the semi-finalists were announced and voting opened to Golden Key members and the general public. Voting closed on 25 September, and the top three were announced on 28 September 2020.

“I feel humbled and honoured to have secured the first prize for this scholarship, and will use it to pursue my master’s studies at the NWU,” says Maposa.

“I would also like to thank the NWU and my peers for allowing me the opportunity to express myself as a leader. I dedicate this prize to all the teams I've worked with.

“To me, this is not just a reward, but also a call and challenge to continue living a life of service,” he adds.

According to chapter co-advisor Thulani Phakathi, Maposa has been an exceptional member and instrumental in the growth of the chapter on the Mahikeng Campus.

"Not only has he grown as a young leader, but he also challenges other students and members of this prestigious society to get involved in leadership and community service initiatives.

"As we celebrate our chapter’s 10 years of existence, we are honoured to see one of our own receive this prestigious prize,” says Phakathi.

Photo: The NWU’s Obriel Takunda Maposa won the first prize in the Golden Key Ubuntu scholarship programme.

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