Not without her mother
Dibueng Bosman is the daughter of a retired domestic worker, a single mother who sacrificed to send her to good schools and set her on the path to success.
Not shy to take the tougher path
Nomakhaya Mkuzangwe battled through the ‘Fees Must Fall’ protests in Port Elizabeth last year to achieve three distinctions.
Never giving up on his education
Teboho Mnguni suffered many setbacks in his tertiary education due to lack of funding, but is now on a steady path to becoming a lawyer.
From dismantling his toys to engineering his future
Maths and physics whizz Sinovuyo Faku recently landed his degree choice, a BSc Mechanical Engineering at Wits University. He wants to follow his boyhood passion by becoming an expert in transport engineering.
Pushing through the darkness
Onkarabile Tiro is in her final year of economics studies at Wits. She aspires to working for the finance ministry, and admits she has had to conquer sleeplessness and anxiety to find her path.
Home is where he will contribute
Sibusiso Notwala is in his second-year BSc at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, and envisages a career in specialised medicine, pathology or disease control. He is determined to contribute his talents from South Africa, not from elsewhere in the world.
Using strength to ease suffering
Amit is a very strong and independent woman who has overcome many challenges in her life. Her goal is to help find ways to use super-strong materials to help find better treatments for cancer patients who are weakened by current chemotherapy techniques.
Applying her brain to cure others
Mor Refael dreams of standing on the podium with a team of scientists to receive the Nobel Prize for finding a cure for Alzheimers. That is what motivates her to study for the toughest courses in her biology degree, and to make her brain work harder for the benefit of others.
Olesya's Journey- Supported by her mother and Moshal
I come from a small town that was really difficult to move away from. So my first grown up and difficult step was going far away from home to study in Odessa. The first year here was really difficult, as everything was new for me. But from the second year it was much more interesting because of the Moshal program. Joining Moshal was the second very important step in my life. When you only have yourself to rely on everything seems more difficult, so being involved into the program of Moshal increased my chances of a better future.
Marina's management dreams
I come from Belorussia, from the small town of Slonim. My parents are simple workers and as the finances were pretty tight, they could not afford to give us the best education. That is how my brother and I got involved in the Jewish community, as we came to Odessa in 2006. I am really glad that we were together, as it was easier to adjust that way. My brother has always been a leader for me, a person whose example I should follow. He leads a successful life as he graduated with a Masters degree and is now teaching at our University. I am very proud of him.
Rudin- Engineering is his future
I am from a small town. I grew up without a father and was studying in a typical school. Then I decided to move to Odessa as I like the sciences and decided to study engineering. I practice sports and active tourism, as well as having lots of other interests.
Doing magic with microchips
Michael is in his fifth year at the Haifa Technion and he is also working on a transformative medical micro-electronics research project that may help millions of people. He is considering taking on this project, in addition to his degree, because it has the potential to change the way that cancer treatments are delivered.
Humble roots bear fruit
Cebolenkosi Buthelezi dreamed of being a doctor from when he was a small boy and, as a teenager, resuscitated an electrocuted friend. But he was almost derailed in first year by faltering confidence and insufficient funding. A Moshal Scholarship turned his fate around, and today he’s in the home run of his medicine degree.
Tenacious could be her middle name
Nandisa Ngubelanga achieved five distinctions in matric, despite a childhood defined by moving home and going without. She has found the Moshal Scholarship programme is so much more than funding, it’s a ‘way of life’.
Saving lifes or saving the planet
When she finishes her degree later this year, Tal is looking for a meaningful job that will allow her to use her talents in either the chemical or pharmaceutical industries, working on inventions to help the environment or developing medications to save lives. Moshal has inspired her to make a difference in the world.
Bringing humanity to computer science
Lea loves working with computers and believes in the importance of considering their social impact and including the human factor when designing robots and developing new applications.
Embracing life's challenges
When Yakir’s older brother was injured in a car accident, it changed Yakir’s life in many different ways. Sitting in the hospital, he met a man who encouraged him to follow his dream and apply to university. However tough his course seems, Yakir knows that he is lucky to be able to fulfil that dream.
The best thing that ever happened
Or Biton is studying Electrical Engineering at ORT Braude College in Carmiel, where she is part of the Moshal Big Brother program. She recognizes that the scholarship and the other support that she receives from the Moshal Program is better than anything she could have imagined.
Rising above the pain of poverty
Carol Ndlovu was a top scholar but had to deregister from university before attending a single lecture because she couldn’t afford the fees. After a year at home, the Moshal Scholarship Program changed her fate.
Starting from behind and finishing first
Nonhlanhla Nhlapo singlehandedly overcame her learning disability, and that was only one of the challenges thrown her way. Today, in her second year of a Bachelor of Accounting Science, she has big dreams that include launching a foundation for autistic children.
Making A Career Out Of Caring
Asiphe Mbotho had to grow up fast because she had to care for her grandmother. She focused on her education so she could become the ultimate caregiver – a doctor.
The power of touch
Ahmad Saadi was inspired to become a doctor through his voluntary work with blind and epileptic children and burn victims. Through helping them with everyday tasks, he began to understand the power of touch and the importance of compassionate caring to help those who live in pain. He has dedicated himself to becoming a doctor, whatever the cost.
Sets out to prove herself
Yelena is the only girl on her Electrical Engineering degree course at Shami Shamoon College in Ashdod. At the beginning it bothered her, but now she says that she has proved herself just as good as the boys, and she is determined to make her way to the top of a male-dominated profession.
Stepping over the edge
From being bullied for being mixed race and not knowing if she would be able to finish school for want of money, chemical engineering student Remy Robinson learnt that as long as she stayed calm and tried hard, she would succeed.
From child-headed household to medical school
Phindelani Ncane was just eight when his mother died and then his older brother turned to crime. The odds were against him having a successful life. But with true grit he defied the odds and is now well into his medical degree scoring top marks.
Not gambling on being "The Lucky One"
Thami Sibiya was expelled from school in Grade 9 and that shook him up enough to realise he couldn't take any more chances. He pulled out all the stops and has now almost finished his law degree.
Building bridges for a better future
Ibraheem grew up in an Israeli Arab village and was focused on improving his prospects and helping his family. He is studying in Beer Sheva and volunteering with a social activism program that works to build bridges and break down stereotypes between Israelis of different ethnicities. His ambitions are now on a more global scale!
Opening up a whole new world
Ori grew up in Israel’s ultra-orthodox community where going to university was not an option. He left home and taught himself the entire curriculum that he would need to qualify for university. Today he is working for his degree and volunteering for an organization that is lobbying Israeli government ministries to provide more support to students from ultra-orthodox backgrounds.
The patient who became a Doctor
Eyal’s family could not afford to pay for university, and he never expected to win a place to study medicine. When he was accepted, he realized that he had no way to pay for this most expensive degree and also support himself. Living at home with his family and commuting four hours every day, Eyal is stepping onto the wards as a trainee doctor thanks to Moshal’s support.
Making his parents proud
Ahmad’s father was unable to complete his university course because of health problems, so Ahmad was determined to fulfil his father’s dream and make him proud. He moved away from his family home in Nazareth to study Computer Science at the prestigious Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and he has ambitions to become a famous programmer.
Just one person's belief
It took the recognition of just one person to get Phumzile Shusha believing in her ability to attain a degree and get out of the cycle of poverty. Phumzile – now a pharmacy intern – is the first person in her family to have studied at university.
Running towards a successful career
Daphne Chiunye had two guardian angels who enabled her to get an education so she can become a social entrepreneur. One was Olympic medallist Elana Meyer and the other Martin Moshal. It was, however, her own perseverance that got her to a place where she could be helped.
Ending the cycle of poverty
Esther Mafikeng’s determination to change the cycle of poverty in her family has been the driving force in her pursuing a university degree despite not having the finances and being mother to two little children.
Proving people wrong
Coming from the wrong side of the tracks has spurred Jodie Colville into being a super-achiever. She is determined to defy those who believed that a girl with her background wouldn't succeed.
Overcoming the biggest challenge of all
Thanduxolo Myende loves challenges and knows she will overcome them, even the most devastating of them all. Thando is in her third year of a B.Com Accounting at the University of Pretoria and is doing all she can to live the life her late mother dreamed of for her.
No small fry
She may have come from a different heritage, but this dynamo is making a place for herself. Tiny Mapodile is well on her way to becoming a forensic analyst in the big city, and who knows what else her talents will bring.
Having his way with numbers
Pule Moltwantwa has always loved mathematics. It will be the reason for his becoming a doctor and his way of helping other youngsters to empower themselves.
Passing on that special spark
She ditched the dream of becoming an astronaut and found her passion in economics, inspired by a special teacher.
Sowing the seeds of success
She may have been a top scholar but Nngadiseng Motaung had no idea what a university was. That was then; now she is raking in the accolades for being a top agricultural economics student at the University of Free State.
Maher Abu Ghanim
Healing His Community
As one of ten children in his family in Tel Sheva, a Bedouin town near Beer Sheva, Maher realised that the best way to improve his life and help his community was by going to university. He decided to become a doctor because he saw members of his extended family dying for lack of access to treatment. He found out that there are 48 genetic diseases that are unique to the Bedouin community and decided to become an expert in the treatment of these conditions.
As the recipient of a Moshal Scholarship, Maher not only has his medical school tuition fees and living costs covered, but he receives help and encouragement on many different levels.
Seizing Every Opportunity
Helena Meyer’s journey epitomises the power of tenacity and education to make revolutionary change happen in one generation. To say that Helena’s childhood was tough would be an understatement. She was born into a large ultra-orthodox family with 11 brothers and sisters in a northern Israel industrial town. When she was 12 years old, her mother became ill and died, leaving her father to bring up the family on his salary as a factory worker.
Helping the diamonds in the rough
Bomikazi Ndovela is very aware that many young South Africans do not have a family like hers that understands the importance of education. This graduate with an honours degree in financial analysis is determined to help those very people to gain access and funding to study.
Seizing Every Opportunity
Simon’s family moved to Hadera in Israel from Russia when he was four years old. His parents found that there were limited opportunities for work because they did not have university degrees – a lesson that they passed on to their children early on. Simon decided that he must go to university, and his sister signed up for a book-keeping course, but their parents had no money to support either of them.
There but for the grace of Mom
Her young mother sacrificed so much to ensure that a lack of money was never a barrier to her education and because of that, Nontsikelelo Mdontsane will become a chartered accountant.
“Seeing her struggling and working so hard motivated me to do my best.”
or: “My mom did it all, always paying on time no matter what.”
and “I loved my school. Although we all came from different backgrounds, when we were together we forgot our differences.”
Inventing the Next Generation of Electronics
Remember this name because Voltaire Essa is going to become famous for inventing a world-changing electronic gadget! His parents named him after the great French philosopher, but Voltaire has chosen to become a software engineer and, thanks to Moshal, he’s off to a flying start.
Building a Better Future
Growing up with a severely disabled father, Gal used to believe that his prospects were limited. Today, on the way to completing his degree in Civil Engineering at Israel’s prestigious Technion Institute, Gal is starting to believe that he can achieve great things.
Freedom from Financial Pressure
Etti is only in her first year at the University of Haifa but she already understands the many advantages that Moshal has given her.
“My father died three years ago and my mother is not well enough to work. I knew that it was imperative for me to get a university degree in order to succeed in life, but I had no idea how to attain this goal. It was like standing on one side of a chasm and looking across to the other side with no bridge in between.”
Moshal is My Foster Family
When Sagi’s family broke apart, he never dreamed that he would become part of an even bigger foster family – the Moshal Scholarship family.
As one of six children, Sagi was badly affected by his parents’ divorce. His older brothers and sister were already married and starting families of their own, leaving Sagi and his two younger brothers living with his mother. As a kindergarten teacher, it was difficult for her to earn enough to support all of them, with no help from his father. Sagi went away to military boarding school and often had to fend for himself.
An A for attitude
Almost finished his Bachelor of Science degree, Ntokozo Luthuli sees hardships as surmountable challenges in life. This attitude got him through many tough times in childhood and is likely to help him achieve his ambition of becoming a businessman.
Finding herself at med school
Simphiwe Hlongwane healed her hurt from school bullying by surpassing the expectations she had of herself, both academically and socially, at university. She is now happy, popular and on her way to becoming a great doctor.
Jonathan immigrated to Israel from Argentina at the age of 15, and just 7 years later he had
secured a place at one of the country’s most prestigious universities – the Hebrew University
of Jerusalem. He is now completing his degree in Computer Engineering and he already has a
great job at Motorola as a Java programmer.
From Zero to One Hundred
Imagine that you had never learned Maths and English and you decided that you wanted to go to University. That is the challenge that Efraim set himself to overcome at the age of 20, and he is about to graduate with BSc Honours degree in Computer Science from Machon Lev College in Jerusalem.
Like many ultra-orthodox Jewish boys, Efraim went to a religious school that did not offer secular subjects. He grew up in a family of 10 children in Jerusalem and decided that he wanted to fill in the gaps in his knowledge in order to apply to university. He literally started from nothing and studied all the core curriculum subjects by himself, from books and by taking online courses. After 2 years he achieved his high-school leaving certificate and applied to Machon Lev. After 3 more years, Efraim is ready to complete his BSc and hopes to graduate second in his class with a GPA of almost 100%
Setting Higher Goals and Achieving Them
Moti is a bright young man from a family of 11 children living in the port city of Ashdod. His father died 7 years ago from a heart attack, leaving his mother, who is disabled, with a pile of debts and a family to feed from her minimal wages as a care assistant. Moti got himself a job in order to help his mother and started working as a swimming pool water technician. He was resigned to spending his entire life as a low-paid worker and never going on to college, because of the tough hand that life had dealt him.
From wartorn Rwanda to a BCom
Having come to South Africa from battle-scarred Rwanda after losing most of her family, in her shy quiet way Jacinthe Mutuzo has fought to get a great education. Today she is studying a BCom Information Science at Wits University and wants to help refugees turn heir lives around.
The medic with many hats
He is a gumboot dancer, ice skater, sportsman and mentor to other students, but Alex Menu, 21, is determined also to be a great medical doctor and open a primary school. It may sound like a great deal for one person, but his intelligence and passion make it likely he will succeed.
Has A Dream
Wendy Tjebane is soon to qualify as a civil engineer at Wits University.
This soft-spoken Moshal Scholar is unfazed about having to deal with any sexism in the male-dominated profession.
Having grown up an orphan in rural Limpopo, she has overcome far worse than that - and still believes she is blessed.
From bad boy to role model
Sibusiso Molteno was a loaded gun – an exceptionally smart and natural leader but headed for a life of crime. School meant nothing to him until he had an epiphany in Grade 10 and dedicated himself to showing his community the value of helping others and of education. He is now studying law.
Courage and Second Chances
Abraham was born in Russia and immigrated with his parents to Israel when he was 10 years old. Despite not speaking Hebrew when he arrived, Abraham managed to do extremely well at school, excelling not only in his academic studies but also in sports and music.
“It is well-known in Israel that Russian parents push their children very hard, and we are expected to succeed in everything that we do”, says Abraham. “I probably rebelled against that pressure by becoming religious, which was not one of the values with which I was brought up.
Driven to Dream Big
Rachel Levy was expected to become a teacher, like many women in her religious community, but decided that she wanted a bigger challenge: today she is now in her third year of medical school and hoping to become a doctor.
Growing up as one of 5 children in one of Israel’s poorest southern towns, there was never enough money to go around. Resisting family pressure to start work, and trying to figure out what she wanted to do with her life, she decided to volunteer for a year in one of Israel’s leading hospitals. On her first day she was sent to the oncology ward, where she met her first cancer patient sitting and crying in the corridor.
A Force to be Reckoned With
Eli grew up in a typical Charedi (ultra-orthodox) Jewish home in Israel’s super-conservative city of BneiBrak, where his father works as a traditional scribe, writing Torah scrolls using pen and ink. He and his 4 brothers and sisters were encouraged to excel in both their religious and secular studies, graduating high school with good qualifications and spending 3 years in further education learning Jewish texts.
During his advanced Jewish studies, Eli got married and started to work in one of Israel’s major telecoms companies as a mobile phone salesman. His wife studied for a degree in accounting, and when she graduated and started working, they decided that it was Eli’s turn to go back to school.
Giving young women Hope
Having seen her own friends in her community in Limpopo become teenaged mothers, once this doctor-in-the making had a chance, she launched a project to help and empower young women who weren't given the chances she was. It is still in its infancy, but Kholofelo has big dreams for her Hope Initiative.
Juliet’s Courageous Journey
All Moshal Scholars face challenges, but Juliet Mantso’s challenges were a little different. On her path to becoming a doctor, she has battled with depression. But although there were times she felt like she was losing the battle, with the support she received from the Moshal Scholarship Program, she got on top of it.
Defying his naysayers
Nobody believed Gary Felix would amount to much. He was from the wrong side of the track and was going nowhere fast. That is, until he got it into his head that he was going to be a doctor and then he moved mountains to make it happen. He has now past his halfway mark in his medical degree at Stellenbosch University.