Congratulations: Mark Burke 2011 Golden Key Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship Winner US$5,000

Quote on what award means to me:

“After four years of hard work, excitement, joy and at times tears of frustration, I can now look back at my BA and B.Sc. studies with contentment. The GK undergraduate achievement has allowed me to finish of a significant chapter of my life story with a sense of accomplishment. Big thanks to Golden Key Leadership for the continuous opportunities they offer.”



Undergraduate Majors:
I completed two degrees – a BA in Language Technology and a B.Sc (Hons) in Computer Science – Cum Laude.

I am from a small town in the Free State province of South Africa, called Kroonstad.

Membership organizations:
Student member of The Royal Society of Southern Africa

Academic Awards won:

Ø  Awarded the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship
Ø  National Finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford
Ø  Selected as one of South Africa’s 100 Brightest Young Minds
Ø  Invited to become a Golden Key International Honour Society member
Ø  Selected as a recipient of the 2011 Golden Key “Pillars of Excellence” award
Ø  Awarded a Multilingual Speech Technologies Research Group bursary
Ø  One of two students to receive the cText bursary for academic achievements
Ø  Faculty Award for best fourth year Language Technology project
Ø  Received Academic Council Honourary colours for B.Sc Hons Degree
Ø  Awarded an European Commission Scholarship for exchange Masters study in Belgium from December to June 2013

Golden Key Involvement:

Ø  Served as Vice-President of the Potchefstroom Chapter of Golden Key 2010/2011.
Ø  Attended the Pretoria 2010 and Bloemfontein 2011 Golden Key national conferences.
Ø  Served in the chapter community outreach program
Ø  Attended the CANSA campaign in 2011 as Golden Key executive representative (The Cancer association of South Africa)