From the 10, two walked away with one of two R25 000 scholarships. Their mentors also won an all-expenses-paid trip to an overseas medical conference of their choice and the opportunity to pay-it-forward by donating R25 000 to a registered NPO charity of their choice.
The readers choice winner was chosen by the votes of the readers, while the judges choice winner was selected by the panel of judges
anonymously.The Readers' Choice Award
The final 10 featured videos received over 10 450 votes. Second-year Pharmacy student at North-West University Tebogo Monogo took home the Readers' Choice Award,
gaining over 2 300 votes.
Mentored by Dr. Stephan Steyn, a senior lecturer in pharmacology at North-West University, Monogo is a goal-orientated student with a passion for psychopharmacology, neuroscience and making an impact.The Judges' Pick Award
The judges have indicated that they did not have an easy time choosing a winner, as they were looking for a story that truly showed a sense of Ubuntu and caring for fellow South Africans and one that inspired the readers.
The panel of judges selected their winner through an anonymous vote and the nominee who, in the end took home the Judges Choice Award
, was PhD candidate Veneshley Samuels.
Mentored by Dr. Andani Mulelu, a biochemist and research scientist at the University of Cape Town's Drug Discovery and Development Research Unit, Veneshley is looking to change lives by finding cures for diseases.
Having grown up in Atlantis, Veneshley saw that many families, living in close quarters together, contracted tuberculosis. This experience has driven her to want to specialise in TB research.
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