Tuesday 18 May 2021
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Standard Bank awards scholarships

Standard Bank recently awarded bursaries to four students studying Cyber Security, Forensic Science and Actuarial Science at the Namibia University of Science and Technology, the University of Free State and Stellenbosch University as part of its annual Bursary Programme.
The bank awarded bursaries to Namalwa Amakali, a second year Bachelor’s in Forensic Science student at the University of Free State as well as Muningandu Tjingaete and Petros Kambinda, who are second and third year Cyber Security students at NUST, respectively, and Lara Bartholomae, a first year Actuarial Science student at Stellenbosch University.
Speaking at a bursary award handover ceremony in Windhoek, Standard Bank Head of HR, Isdor Angula said the recipients were carefully selected out of over 1,000 students that had applied for financial assistance.
“A number of previous recipients didn’t take advantage of the opportunity from Standard Bank and they redirected the funds from the bank to socialising and ended up failing. The bursary conditions are clear that you will forfeit the bursary if you fail, so please make use of the great opportunity,” Angula said.
The bursary recipients are expected to undergo internship training during school holidays at different Standard Bank branches and departments across the country, where they will also be paid an allowance.
As part of the bursary scheme agreement, Standard Bank will pay for all the students’ tuition and living expenses, including a monthly allowance, accommodation costs and an additional four flights per year to students studying outside the country.
Amakali said she wants to specialise in forensic pathology upon completion of her bachelor’s degree.
“Forensic science is a field that is overlooked in the country, and in most cases when forensic scientists are needed they are brought in from other countries. I want to motivate other students to take up the same studies so that Namibia can stop relying on expatriates,” Amakali said, adding that most people in the country are not aware of the course and its importance.
“They don’t know what it is about because most kids want to become doctors or engineers, and it’s something that I want to change. I only know of one forensic scientist in Namibia, Dr Ludick.”
Tjingaete said her financial challenges at home forced her to seek assistance from Standard Bank. “My mother is the father figure in our family.  I never had support from my dad, who unfortunately passed on two years ago. We are a lot for my mom, so it’s quite hard for her to support us,” she said.
Tjingaete thanked Standard Bank for giving her the opportunity to further her studies, adding that she feels lucky to be selected as one of the recipients of this year’s bursary programme.
She said the bursary will motivate her to do better in class as she doesn’t have to worry about financial challenges anymore.  “I only need to concentrate on my studies,” Tjingaete said.
Kambinda said university education has become so expensive that many people who come from poor financial backgrounds, like him, have limited opportunities to further their studies.
“I come from a background where even if all my family members were to put all their hands on deck, they would still not be able to pay for my studies. My mother is unemployed and my dad is a stock controller at a furniture shop. I would like to thank Standard Bank for giving me this opportunity. I would also like to thank Standard Bank because this bursary means that I will be able to do my internship here at the bank,” Kambinda said.

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