The Scholars’ Scholar Campaign

Be the legacy! Support the next generation of scholars.

The Scholars’ Scholar Award, launched in 2011, is a unique Canon Collins Scholarship funded through the efforts of alumni. Alumni wanting to acknowledge the opportunity they have had to study can contribute to the campaign, making it possible for another to travel the same road.

This award is the Canon Collins Trust’s most prestigious scholarship and is worth R100 000. The recipient, who is selected by alumni, is an exceptional person: someone who embodies, and can meaningfully contribute to, the Trust’s vision of an open and just society.

 

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The Scholars’ Scholar Campaign

Canon Collins alumna and Scholars’ Scholar campaign donor Orefile Malope meets Scholars’ Scholars Anele Siswana (2013) and Pedzisai Maedza (2014)

"Donating offers me the opportunity to give someone else the chance to live their dreams. In doing so, my own dreams continue to grow long after my own scholarship experience has come and gone."

Orefile Malope, Canon Collins Alumna and Scholars’ Scholar Campaign donor

 

Meet the Scholars' Scholars

Kolosa Ntombini
Pursuing justice and equity in conservation
South Africa
MSc Environmental and Geographical Sciences
University of Cape Town
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Kolosa Ntombini

Kolosa is a Masters candidate in Environmental and Geographical Sciences at the University of Cape Town. As an aspiring academic, she finds great joy in tutoring as it is an avenue to impact disadvantaged students. Having grown up in rural Eastern Cape, she has a profound respect for the environment, and wishes to interrogate elitist practices in nature conservation.

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Princess Alice Sibanda
Fighting for gender justice through activism and art
Zimbabwe
PhD Drama & Performance Studies
University of KwaZulu-Natal
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Princess Alice Sibanda

Chosen by Canon Collins Alumni as the 2018 Scholars' Scholar, Princess Alice is an activist, artist and academic. Through a marriage of intellect, activism and art, she fights for social justice with a specific focus on issues of gender and sexuality. Over the past 6 years, she has served as an ambassador for sexual and reproductive health rights in Zimbabwe through the SAfAIDS organisation. Her PhD research focuses on "Reclaiming Sex Workers Humanity and Dignity through Popular Participatory Theatre".

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Phila Msimang
Examining the evolution of racial theories
South Africa
MA Philosophy
University of KwaZulu-Natal
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Phila Msimang

Phila's interests include race and cognitive science. He is currently working on the intersection between racial theories, scientific knowledge, and society. His Master's dissertation, "is racial population naturalism really about race?", explores naturalistic and biological theories of race and is an assessment of where contemporary biological racial realism goes wrong. His dissertation makes up part of his larger project that investigates the connections between racial theory and social action.

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Justice
Justice Mavedzenge
Advocating for Constitutional change for the benefit of all
Zimbabwe
PhD in Constitutional Law
University of Cape Town
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Justice Mavedzenge

Justice works at the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit, and continues in his position to advocate for constitutional democracy in Zimbabwe.

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Cerene
Cerene Rathilal
The undeniable beauty of mathematics
South Africa
PhD in Mathematics
University of KwaZulu-Natal
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Cerene Rathilal

Frame theory is a fairly recent development within Pure Mathematics that has matured over the last 50 years but still has many unanswered questions. When I am done with my research, I hope that I am able to provide useful and clear characterisations of connectedness properties for metric frames. Holding this award means that I have a responsibility to not only excel in my studies, but to fulfil a social role by investing my time and contributing to others, as others have chosen to do in me.

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Pedzisai Maedza
Exploring embodied memory through performance and research
Zimbabwe
PhD Dramatic Arts
University of Cape Town
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Pedzisai Maedza

Pedzisai is an academic, performance maker and the 2014 Canon Collins Scholars’ Scholar. He holds an MA in Drama from Great Zimbabwe University and a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Zimbabwe. Both degrees were awarded with distinction. His PhD research explores how embodied memory, conveyed in gestures, spoken words, movement, dance and other performance, offers alternative perspectives on memory and commemoration of violent atrocities in Africa.

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Anele Siswana
Anele Siswana
His practice uses different modalities, including African spiritual methods. He is also involved in public intellectual work.
South Africa
Masters in Clinical Psychology
Rhodes University
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Anele Siswana

Born and raised in the Eastern Cape, Anele was the first person in his family to graduate from university. Today he practices as a Clinical Psychologist. Anele is particularly interested in African scholarship and critical indigenous methodologies. He is also interested in clinical and mental health interventions and policy development.

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