Carnegie Bale is anundergraduate scholarship programme which seeks to promote black women in Science and Engineering.
The scholarship programme provides the selected students with:
- A full scholarship in the field of science or engineering to 20 female learners in Grade 12
- Pre-university programme
- Academic and senior student mentors
- Monthly academic and life skills workshops
- Early warning academic tracking system
- Career development workshops
The programme currently hosts 20 students.
The programme aims to provide first generation black South African learners who do not have the financial resources required to access tertiary education, with a successful University education i.e. one which culminates in graduation with a first degree in Science or Engineering. At least half of the learners will be from rural schools. The programme will, in the first instance, be directed in the geographical areas of Gauteng (where Wits is based), Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces.
We are thus planning to implement a holistic and comprehensive end-to-end programme of interventions in order to ensure the students with potential are given every opportunity to succeed.
The first year at University is crucial to a student's success. The successful applicant will have access to the following:
- Programmes to assist with the challenges of living in residence (communal living skills), accessing services on campus, time management, sexual harassment, HIV/AIDS, diversity issues, career planning, managing the learning process, budgeting and managing money.
- In the first year monthly workshops will be held with the aim of providing ongoing learning and they will also serve as an opportunity for programme participants to connect with each other, share experiences and create a network of support.
- Each student will be assigned a senior student mentor and a senior academic in each faculty will be assigned responsibility for first year students on this programme, who will ensure that students who are in trouble academically or personally are referred for assistance as soon as is practical. These will usually involve being assigned a tutor, but other types of social/medical/psychological interventions might also be required.
- Possibility of providing the students with mentoring from successful alumni. The aim is to motivate students to succeed by providing them with the opportunity to receive mentoring and support from people who have graduated from the university and have made a success of their lives.
- All participants will also be encouraged to themselves become mentors to newly entering first years and appropriate training and supervision will be provided.
- In the year prior to graduation the focus will be forward-looking to what happens after graduation, whether this is further study or exiting the University to the world of work. Students will also be assisted in preparing a CV and interview skills.
A programme will be in place to track the experiences of these young people for three to five years after graduation and they will be encouraged to mentor students at school level with university aspirations.
Bale learners on Character and Leadership
I actually learnt that character is not what you are when being in a crowd but what you are and do when alone.
I didn't know that integrity was about being whole in everything you do. Character of an individual is unique and distinctive and that characteristics make up the core of someone s character. Character can be adjusted in different situations but can never alter .
That character and integrity are the most powerful leadership tools. And in order to be respected and trusted you must have integrity.
When wanting to be an exemplary leader you need to be able to take the first step in many situations so that the others can follow but also be firm in decision making and steps to be done.
Strong leaders are good followers. A leader should decide, seek ideas and agree with the team.