Lisa Thelma Sidambe, a 22 year-old social science student and champion debater, was chosen to represent Monash South Africa at the 23rd Harvard World Model United Nations conference in Brussels, Belgium in 2014. As a result, Sidambe has now been chosen as one of only 40 out of 500 applicants for a Mandela Rhodes Scholarship.
The Mandela Rhodes Scholarship is awarded to young Africans who have achieved academic excellence and exhibit exceptional leadership potential. Each scholar benefits from the access to leadership development programs while pursuing their chosen postgraduate degree.
Inspired by her experience at the United Nations conference last year, Lisa plans to form an African Model United Nations model to afford other young people the opportunity to address their concerns in a public arena and to work together to promote education, entrepreneurship, leadership and reconciliation on the continent.
“For me, the greatest achievement as a student of Monash South Africa is being given the opportunity to be an ambassador for the Mandela Rhodes Foundation. It is important that I impart all the skills and knowledge that I will gain from this experience, to other young people who might never encounter an opportunity like this. I want to ensure that the dream stays alive beyond this program,” said Sidambe.
Monash South Africa is dedicated to nurturing students who are global citizens and who make an impact in their communities. The university has produced nine Mandela Rhodes scholars over the past decade. Graduates are positioned to meet societal challenges by being educated and trained to work in fields where they will be valued both for their specialized knowledge, as well as for their ability to do research, communicate and solve problems.
“Our commitment at Monash South Africa is to educate and enable young people to contribute positively to society and build a better future. This is part of our Here for Good commitment. We are confident that Lisa will make us proud as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar and as a Monash South Africa graduate in the years ahead,” said Esther Benjamin, CEO of Monash South Africa.