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

Phila Msimang
Examining the evolution of racial theories
South Africa
MA Philosophy
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Sol Plaatje Scholarships
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 Mavedzenge
Human rights advocate and legal scholar
Zimbabwe
PhD Constitutional Law
University of Cape Town
Canon Collins Scholarships for Postgraduate Study in SA
Justice Mavedzenge

Justice is a Constitutional Law student from Zimbabwe who specialises in the development of the law to promote open and just societies that are founded on social and economic justice. Through his PhD thesis, Justice is examining constitutional mechanisms which can be used as an alternative to enforce the right to adequate housing, even though the Constitution of Zimbabwe does not specifically outline such a right for everyone.

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Cerene Rathilal
Mathematical maestro and mentor
South Africa
PhD Mathematics
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Canon Collins Scholarships for Postgraduate Study in SA
Cerene Rathilal

Cerene was chosen by Canon Collin alumni as the 2015 Scholars' Scholar and is completing a three-year Mathematics PhD programme at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Cerene has a passion for mathematics (specialising in algebra and topology), and has proven herself to be most dedicated to the field. She currently runs a free maths education programme in secondary schools to share her knowledge, as she firmly believes that "everyone deserves the right to learn." Cerene hopes to become an academic professor of mathematics.

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Pedzisai Maedza
Exploring embodied memory through performance and research
Zimbabwe
PhD Dramatic Arts
University of Cape Town
Canon Collins Scholarships for Postgraduate Study in SA
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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Clinical Psychologist and emerging academic
South Africa
Rhodes University
2013-2014