by Staff Reporter on 04/03/13 at 11:00 am
Fifty-three Fellows graduated from the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation’s Fellowship Saturday 23 February, at the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town. This is the largest cohort of Fellows to graduate from the Fellowship since its inception, bringing the Foundation’s total alumni count to 151.
The class of 2012 included a number of firsts. The first Fellow to have completed the Fellowship at an international university, Siyabulela Xuza is currently completing his post graduate degree in Engineering Sciences at Harvard University. Tuyeni Akwenye and Silke Pritzen, students at the University of Cape Town, were the first Namibian citizens to graduate as Allan Gray Fellows, while Refilwe Dema was the first Batswana to successfully complete the programme.
Craig Lai King, one of the Fellow graduates, acknowledged the supportive role the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation had played in their respective journeys in his address to the audience: The Foundation over the years has encouraged us to push beyond our comfort. I think we can all agree that it has helped us develop into more than we believed we could be when we first arrived at the Foundation.”
The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation supports and develops talented young Southern Africans who have the potential to become high impact entrepreneurial leaders who can make a valuable difference to our country. The Fellowship is open to Grade 12 and first year university students and provides comprehensive financial support and access to personal and entrepreneurial development programmes to ensure the individual’s continued progress.
Anthony Farr, CEO of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, says: “By developing a new generation of high-impact entrepreneurially minded leaders, we can promote future societal and economic growth in Southern Africa. Our vision is to invest in a long term legacy of greatness, and I believe – with each cohort of Fellows that graduates – that we are another step closer to realising this vision.
Applications to the Fellowship are now open. Visit www.allangrayorbis.org for more information.
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