MASVINGO – The Reformed Church University (RCU) has announced $80 000 worth of scholarships that will be given to six deserving students who joins the higher learning institute this year.
The scholarships were announced during the second RCU graduation that saw 121 students being capped at Morgenster Mission and was graced by the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education who was represented by the Principal Director Academic Affairs on Friday Last week.
Two graduates with vision impairment graduated with a Bachelor of Education Honours Degree in Special Needs Education each.
The scholarships are being sponsored by First Mutual Life and the intended beneficiaries are disadvantaged students including orphans and students with physical disabilities.
"We have partnered with First Mutual Holdings in a scholarship fund to the tune of US$80 000 and the scholarships will cover six students for their study duration of four years. The students must be deserving and they should also have some disadvantages either of background or physical," said RCU Vice Chancellor Professor Wiseman Magwa.
The scholarships were presented by First Mutual Life sales and distribution executive Nkodikhona Ndlovu. He said the scholarship was being offered in the spirit of developing "our country".
Students were capped by the University Chancellor Rev Dr Rangarirai Rutoro and these were from the faculties of commerce and Faculty Education and social sciences. Of the graduands 66% were female while the remainder were male.
Prof Magwa said that enrolling more female students indicated their efforts of empowering the girl child.
Saul Chiketa who graduated with a first class degree in Bachelor of Education and Social Science Honours also received the Chancellor's award for academic excellence sponsored by ZB Bank and Powertel Communications.
The graduation which started with the launch of the scholarships was attended by John Dewa (Principal Director in the Ministry) who was representing the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Professor Jonathan Moyo.
Also in attendance was also Nico Elema who represented Stellebosch University of South Africa as the two institutions have exchange programmes, Minister Josiah Hungwe, Minister of State for Masvingo Province Shuvai Mahofa, Chief Charumbira, a representative of the Catholic University Sister Regina Kunze and Lupane University Vice Chancellor Professor Pardon Kuipa among others.
Professor Magwa also spoke of the progress made on the construction of the University at its site which is just outside Masvingo along Masvingo – Zvishavane Road.
He said the University should be operating from the new site by mid-year as the admin block and the hostels are nearing completion.
"Construction work on the first phase of development at the Main Campus started early last year and as of now construction activity at the campus is in full swing with the erection of 16 lecture rooms," said Prof Magwa.education news