Alumni Success Stories: Bernadette Kanku

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Bernadette Kanku completed her schooling as a KMF bursary scholar at Bosmansdam High School and matriculated in 2021. She is currently studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch.  Bernadette says KMF has a huge impact on her life by providing funds to give her a quality education.

“The person that I am now is because of the involvement of KMF. “Before and during Covid-19, they assisted my family with food which helped ease my stress and [enabled me] to focus on my education.” KMF also provided tutors to assist in bridging the gap in subjects that she was under-performing in. “KMF also assisted in helping me transition from High school to University by providing me with a mentor who is in the field that I am pursuing. By doing this, I was able to understand what it is my career entails.”

KMF also helped obtain a scholarship for Bernadette’s tertiary education. “KMF has gone far and beyond, not only for me but also for every single scholar in their care and I am proud to be a KMF alumnus and to continue upholding their name.”

Shout outs and suggestions…

“I would like to give praise to the Catapult programme that KMF launched and also the career workshops. The one thing that I would suggest is that tutors not only focus on past paper materials, especially when trying to help the senior scholars in preparation for exams.

“I would also suggest knowing what the scholars are having a problem with and going in depth by explaining the concepts, in that way they develop the understanding of the topic that they perhaps didn’t understand.

For grade 11-12 scholars, I believe getting them job shadowing opportunities is very important. It will help them get first-hand insight of the career they are perhaps wanting to pursue.”

We wish Bernadette every success with her studies. She is another shining example of how KMF scholarships create future leaders for South Africa.

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