Malawian student wins scholarship to African premier school: Colgate- Palmolive bursary

A Malawian student is one of two who have won this year’s scholarship to continue studies at the African Leadership Academy, a world class Pan-African Secondary School in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Priscilla Takondwa Semphere, 18, received the competitive bursary by the Colgate-Palmolive Future Leaders Program that is only awarded to students who portray entrepreneurial leadership, community leadership and financial need.

Colgate-Palmolive General Manager East- West Africa Scott Geldart points out that it is only through investing in Africa’s young population that the continent can propel itself to economic prosperity.

“These applicants are not simply top scholars; they are individuals who have demonstrated the potential for entrepreneurial leadership,” Geldart said.

Semphere: Gets scholarship

With 85 percent of the student population at the academy requiring full scholarship, this was a very competitive win for Semphere.

“I believe there is a bright side of Africa that most of the world is blind to,” she remarks.

A full year scholarship for an individual student amounts to $25,000 and covers all expenses including tuition, boarding meals, examination fees, uniform and travel.

Other winners are Yesubet Melese Dereje from Ethiopia who was the second winner for his final year of study at the African Leadership Academy while Anna Hope Kabongo Tshibwabwa from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tom Obiri from Kenya were the first ever to receive bursary for their University education.

The Colgate- Palmolive Future Leaders Program is a unique one that creates an inflection point in the lives of promising young leaders.

The program provides students with hands-on training in leadership, entrepreneurship and management, preparing them to pursue leadership and entrepreneurial opportunities on the continent.

With this they are expected to transform from just having a positive impact on their communities to entrepreneurial leaders having widespread positive change across the continent.

The coveted Africa Leadership Academy admits students from across the 54 African countries, mainly those who show qualities of becoming future leaders.

It offers a two year course in African Studies, effective leadership and entrepreneurship to both boys and girls aged between 16 and 19 years.

“Each year the African Leadership Academy together with Colgate- Palmolive elects two of the bright students at the academy to benefit from the Colgate- Palmolive Future Leaders Program winning a bursary for their final year of study at the academy. This year we have extended it to fund two other students for their Tertiary education,” Geldart said.

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