Gerald Chikosi - Graduate Scholar Award Winner - US$10,000

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"Winning this award is a ‘dream come true’ for me. I thank God for inundating me with His unmerited favours and grace.  I was looking forward to this day and I’m so glad that it finally came. I spoke a lot about it to both members and prospective members but I could not bear witness to it but now I can do both.

I acquired a scholarship to study towards a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Mechatronics) at NMMU and not having heard of this university before, I was not keen on accepting the offer. However after some extensive research, of which Golden Key was one of the main attractions, I accepted the offer.

Golden Key became part of my university life. Since I became aware of this organisation, I was determined to become part of it. This propelled my academic excellence, though with a lot of mental gymnastics and after producing a few marking schemes for my lecturers, I was inducted into the society in 2009. I was not only satisfied with joining the society but wanted to be the driving force behind its activities. I was then appointed the chapter’s Alumni and Honorary Member Liaison Officer for 2009 – 2010.  My ambitious nature got the best of me and I became the deputy president for 2010 – 2011. During this term of office I had the privilege to represent the chapter at the Golden Key International Summit in Scottsdale Arizona. In 2011, I was elected to be the president of the chapter which position I held until June the 1st 2012.  My success story was plumed when I was elected to be the GK council of student member representative (CoSM) for South Africa which qualified me for a trip to Atlanta Georgia for the 2012 International Summit. I have been actively involved with Golden Key for the past five years and I hope to even take it to greater heights. I am currently enrolled for my Master’s degree in Engineering (Mechatronics) which I hope to complete by the end of the year.

To all current and prospective members; It all started from a decision not to just join Golden Key for a certificate or line on my resume but to get involved and this is where golden key has taken me. It’s your call; you make the move; the ball is now in your court. You have to be different; it’s only a dead fish that flows with the current. So it’s time you STAND OUT. If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything; so, it’s time you STAND UP. Team, together each achieves more, it’s time we STAND TOGETHER. Remember; GOLDEN KEY IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT."      

 We wish Gerald all the best with his future endeavours!

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