Sendibitiyosi Gandidzanwa - Spring 2013 Undergraduate Achievement Award Winner - US$5,000

Sendi pic.jpgCongratulations, Sendi from NMMU!

Winning this scholarship means a lot, it is not just an achievement award but it is a call to start achieving the unachievable. As a proud Golden Key member, and an executive member for my chapter, I would like to say the award means a lot and goes a long way. It means I have had the golden key in my hands and will continue using it to unleash all the potential within me and unlock all the possible opportunities that will come in future. I would like to thank the Golden Key Board of Directors, the volunteer leadership and the Headquarters staff for awarding me this scholarship and God for allowing me to be living the three pillars of Golden Key. I will use this scholarship to further my postgraduate studies.

I am currently a final year, (3rd year), student at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), studying Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Chemistry and Microbiology, with my main majors being Biochemistry and Chemistry.

I was born and bred in the small town called Chegutu, my hometown and was mainly buttered in Mhondoro, my rural area, both of which are in the beautiful lands of Zimbabwe.

I am also affiliated to many other different organisations

Ø  I am the Executive Golden Key Leadership Officer, NMMU Chapter (2012/2013 term);

Ø  NMMU Student Representative Council (SRC) Faculty of Science Representative (2012/2013 term) and the Deputy Chair of the NMMU Student Academic Forum (2013);

Ø  International Student Association (ISA) Secretary General (2012/2013 term);

Ø  Founder and Advisor of Chemistry Society (CHEMSOC) (2013);

Ø  SANLAM Foundation Team Leader (2013)

Ø  Student Counselling and Career Development Centre (SCCDC) Peer Helper (2012&2013);

Ø  SCCDC How2 Buddy Orientation Leader and co-trainer (2012&2013);

Ø  Supplemental Instruction Leader (2013) for Chemistry Second year students;

Ø  Graduate of the Beyond the Classroom Leadership Program (BtC) (2012);

Ø  Student Alumni Society (SAS) Subcommittee Secretary;

Ø  Former  Zimbabwean Student Society (ZIMSOC) Public Relation Officer (2011-2012 term);

Ø  Former Science Society public relation officer (2011-2012 term);

Ø  Member of the; Green Campus Initiative Society, Seventh Day Adventist Student Movement Society, Democratic Alliance Student Organisation Society, Peer Helper Society and Biotech Society. All membership from end of 2011.

My experience with Golden Key is just awesome. I have organised team building sessions, been involved in a lot of tutoring sessions, fundraising projects, all Golden Key Campus and off-campus activities, GK Birthday celebrations, Food for thought talks, GK marketing events, charity drives, anti-violence campaigns and everything that our Chapter has done during the 2012-2013 year. My experience with Golden Key is indescribable. It’s full of selfless leadership, offering service to others and exceptional academic excellence.


Ø  Beyond the Classroom A little Involvement Changes Everything (ALICE) award recipient (2013)

Ø  NMMU academic merit award 2012 and 2013

Ø  Golden Key New Member Ceremony Chapter award winner (2012)

Ø  Best student in Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology (L6 and U6, Mhondoro 2007-2008)

Ø  Second Best student for final ZIMSEC Exams (2006, Chegutu)

Ø  Best student in Principles of Accounting and Shona (2006, Chegutu)

Ø  Best student in Mathematics, English Language and Geography and overall best student (2004, Mhondoro)

Ø  Best overall student (2000, Chegutu)


Volunteer Work:

Ø  2013  SRC Sakhi’ngomso (Building the future) Campaign.

Ø  2012-date Cheshire Home Volunteer.

Ø  2012 Eastern Province Children’s Home Tutor. 

Ø  2012 Nelson Mandela Day Golden Key Volunteer.

Ø  2012 Office for International Education (OIE) Friends Forever y week.

Ø  2012 NMMU Office for International Education How2 Buddy.

Ø  2012 Jul Sapphire Primary School Holiday Club Program Volunteer.

Ø  2012 Jun NMMU Science Discovery Week.

Ø  2012 Co-Curricular Record (CCR) testing..

Ø  2012-date Golden Key Walmer High School Tutoring. 

Ø  2012 Peer Helpers Car Wash Fundraising.  

Ø  2011 Kwazakhele High School Tutoring.