- With matric results and stories in full swing, Briefly.co.za shares the story of Zanele Mahlangu
- She passed matric with flying colours a few years ago and has now been awarded a prestigious scholarship in China
- 2400 applications were submitted
Zanele Mahlangu matriculated from Tembisa High School with 8 distinctions a few years ago.
She went on to graduate at the University of Pretoria with a degree in Chemical Engineering.
The 23-year-old’s academic brilliance saw her appointed as a business analyst at First National Bank.
Now, she’s reached another incredible milestone – she’s been chosen as the only South African to be a Schwarzman Scholar.
The prestigious scholarship will see her pursue a master’s degree at China’s Tsinghua University in 2020.
She was selected out of 2400 applicants in the final group of 147 students, emanating from 38 different countries.
In an interview with The University of Pretoria, Mahlangu said, “I am honoured and excited to be part of the 2020 cohort of Schwarzman Scholars. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about global affairs and enhance my leadership skills, as well as contribute my skills to the programme.”
Briefly.co.za understands Mahlangu is not only focused on her own progression but that economic equality in South Africa is something very close to her heart.
As a result, she’s participated in numerous community projects – one of which was to provide solar lights to a community lacking electricity.
Zanele Mahlangu’s story proves that hard work during high school and beyond often leads to a path of unquestionable success.
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