TWO UCT students who have shown exceptional leadership qualities in student affairs have been awarded the Dwane Martin and Sir Richard Luyt Memorial Scholarships. Amanda Paton-Ash and Karabo Moloko were chosen from a short-list of eight students from various faculties at UCT.
"The scholarships seek to reward students who, through exceptional leadership qualities in students affairs, have shown dedication to UCT and have advanced the ideals of the University," says Roy Wright, Manager of Public Relations at Caltex Oil South Africa.
The Sir Richard Luyt Memorial Scholarship, named in memory of the highly respected former vice-chancellor of UCT, was awarded to Paton-Ash, a Bachelor of Science student who is currently chairperson of the Rag Committee and serves on the SHAWCO Board.
Moloko, a Bachelor of Commerce student and chairperson of the Head Students' Council and sabbatical member of the Student Representatives Council, was awarded the Dwane Martin Scholarship.
Dwane Martin, a native of the United States, was a UCT political science honours graduate who died in 1984.
As a tribute to his steadfast commitment to UCT, his friends set up the scholarship in 1985. "Unlike many other scholarships that seek to reward academic prestige, the management committee deemed it appropriate that the scholarship should give added precedence to candidates displaying an enlightened approach to life, humour and integrity," explains Wright.
Since its inception 17 years ago, the scholarship has enjoyed the generous support of private donors and corporations like Pick 'n Pay and Caltex Oil which have been closely associated with the awards for over 10 years.