Applications via the SAE website opened in October 2015 with applicants required to write a 2000-word motivational essay that then becomes the back-bone of their application. The Scholarship patrons themselves read the shortlisted essays and personally select the most deserving candidate. This year SAE received a record 4374 applications.
The Scholarship applicants are assessed by the SAE Academic body on their character, experience and commitment. However, it is the Scholarship patrons, who have the final say. With such a vast amount of applicants, and with so many powerful and well-written essays, it was particularly challenging to select only four winners.
Bongani Mhone is originally from Zimbabwe and has been DJ’ing since the age of 14 and whilst pursuing this goal has also committed to teaching and mentoring young people around him. Ready D explains why Bongani was chosen as the recipient of the Scholarship, “Bongani comes across as a perfect recipient. I am inspired by his motivational letter and his determination. The industry will benefit from a person with his experience and outlook on life.”
The AKA Scholarship winner, Joshua van Zyl is from Ocean View and attributes his character and determination to his Cape Flats background. Experiencing the good with the bad, Joshua is determined to succeed and give back to his community.
Justin Williams, recipient of the Young Guru Scholarship is from Elsies River and is passionate about music and education and has never given up despite many obstacles over the years.