Dineo Serame, a University of Botswana graduate (class of 2018) in Mechanical Engineering has won the 2018 Rhodes Scholarship which is valued at around three million Pula.
She will start her graduate studies at the University of Oxford in the UK in October 2019. During the interviews held at Rosebank Johannesburg on 17 November 2018, she beat some of the best graduates from Botswana, Malawi, Lesotho, Swaziland and Namibia to get the world's most prestigious scholarship that funds some of the world's finest minds to study at the world's finest university, the University of Oxford.
This year's Rhodes scholarship finalists are one Motswana, three Malawians and one Mosotho. I encourage exceptional Batswana fourth year students and young graduates to apply for the scholarship in large numbers. We are very proud of Dineo's achievement and wish her all the best in her studies at Oxford, writes Professor Thapelo Otlogetswe who was part of the panel that chose the recipients.
The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting exceptional all-round students at the University of Oxford. Established in the will of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, the Rhodes is the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious international scholarship program in the world.
It targets students from Australia, Bermuda, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Jamaica & the Commonwealth Caribbean, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Southern Africa (including South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland), Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine (SJLP), United Arab Emirates, United States, West Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Selection Committees for the Scholarships are looking for young leaders of outstanding intellect and character who are motivated to engage with global challenges, committed to the service of others and show promise of becoming value-driven, principled leaders for the world’s future.
The selection criteria for Rhodes scholars is based on Cecil Rhodes' Will which reads:
"My desire being that the students who shall be elected to the Scholarships shall not be merely bookworms I direct that in the election to a Scholarship regard shall be had to (i) his literary and scholastic attainments (ii) his fondness of and success in outdoor sports such as cricket football and the like (iii) his qualities of truth courage devotion to duty sympathy for and protection of the weak kindliness unselfishness and fellowship and (iv) his exhibition during school days of moral force of character and of instincts to lead and to take an interest in his schoolmates for those latter attributes will be likely in afterlife to guide him to esteem the performance of public duties as his highest aim."