Now in its 10th year, the Loeries Creative Future Scholarship was awarded to two young women from KwaZulu-Natal, during the awards ceremony held at the Durban ICC on Saturday night.
The aim of the Loeries scholarship is to give talented youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds a life-changing opportunity using the best asset they have – their minds.
Mali Khuzwayo, a Mowat Park High learner, was awarded a 1-year scholarship to Durban’s Vega School of Brand Leadership last year, and has now been awarded a scholarship for a three-year degree at Vega. Zanele Biyela, currently in Grade 12 at Durban Girls Secondary School, will commence a 3-year degree at the Vega School in 2018.
“Both learners are exceptionally talented individuals and I hope this opportunity opens up a new world for them,” said Andrew Human, CEO of the Loeries. “After ten years of the scholarship, I feel that giving talented young people the opportunity to build a future based on their own ideas is perhaps the most important thing that the Loeries does – and of course it’s ensuring that we have a creative future for our industry.”
Said Khuzwayo: “I’ve had an amazing year of learning and doing things I thought I could never do. Leaving would have been heart-breaking. In my world, few people know the creative industry so I didn’t think it would ever be possible for me to follow my passion. My parents couldn’t afford to send me to Vega and I really appreciate what the Loeries has done for me.”
Biyela is also overjoyed by her scholarship: “This feels crazy! I’m in disbelief at the amount of confidence that’s been invested in me by the Loeries. Without this scholarship, my train to success would have been halted by financial constraints. I’m profusely grateful for this opportunity, especially to be supported and mentored by the best in the industry.”
Since the Loeries moved to Durban in 2015 it has partnered with the Vega School in Kwa-Zulu Natal, dedicating an annual budget of more than R1M towards these scholarships. This forms part of the economic impact the Loeries has on the local Durban economy, estimated at R169 million in 2016.
The Loeries Creative Future Scholarship includes tuition fees, allowances for study materials and textbooks, a computer, living expenses, transport subsidy, mentorship, internships and assistance with employment after graduation, making it the richest scholarship in the local creative industry.
It differs in an additional important way, as described by Human: “We know that one of the reasons for the gulf between the haves and the have-nots in our country is that many people don’t even know about the opportunities available to them. We reach right into the community, going directly to high schools to find exceptional individuals and help them into the creative economy.”
The annual Loeries Creative Week™ took place in Durban from 14 to 21 August, 2017.
Previous recipients of the Loeries Creative Future Scholarships are:
2016 – Londeka Gumede
– Roxanne Schoon
– Mali Khuzwayo
– Samukelisiwe Faku
2015 – Yolisa Motha
– Nomfundo Mcoyi
– Azuri Muhuli
– Wandile Cele
– Melissa Paterson
2014 – Banzi Kasana
– Ida Janine van Staden
– Chiquita Williams
2013 – Anita Dama
2012 – Anthea Lakay
2011 – Ayesha Daniels
2009 – Busisiwe Mahlangu
2008 – Siyabonga Ntamela
– Zwelisha Giampetri