“The entire ACCA SA team is ‘over the moon’ to hear that ACCA SA student, Tinashe Matambo was awarded a prestigious ACCA Simpson Scholarship. This is the first time, since the scholarship was inaugurated in 2008 that a South African student has been awarded a Simpson Scholarship. Sweetening the pie even further is the fact that another ACCA SA student, Ithai Musindo was one of twenty finalists,” says Head of ACCA South Africa, Nadine Kater.
Competition is fierce for the five Simpson Scholarships, which are awarded globally, each year. Applications are received from ACCA students worldwide. Other 2013 recipients of the Simpson Scholarship include Thi Nguyet Chinh Hoang from Vietnam, Ramsha Khan from Saudi Arabia, Raihana Mahroof from Sri Lanka and Memory Mudzi from Zimbabwe.
“South Africa and Africa as a whole has much to be proud of. The fact that scholarships were awarded to two ACCA students in Africa attests to the calibre and quality of ACCA students on the African continent,” Kater remarks.
She hopes his achievement will inspire current ACCA SA students to “work even harder” and apply for the ACCA Simpson Scholarship next year. “The scholarship is very generous and covers exam fees, annual student or affiliate fees, and membership admission fees for up to five years, or until ACCA membership is achieved, whichever happens sooner. In addition, BPP Learning Media, ACCA’s Platinum Approved Learning Partner, will provide students with study material for every ACCA paper, which they are studying,” Kater explains.
The scholarship is based on merit. Criteria amongst others include achieving an average of 80% or more in the Knowledge module (Papers F1-F3) of the Fundamental level of the ACCA Qualification, or a minimum of 66% in two ACCA Qualification papers. In addition, applicants are required to submit a 1000-word essay on how the scholarship will assist them to achieve their full potential.
More information is available on the ACCA global website: www.accaglobal.com
“ACCA students in Africa have already proved their mettle. Two ACCA Simpson Scholarships were awarded to Kenyan students in 2009; an ACCA Simpson Scholarship was awarded to a Nigerian student in 2010; an ACCA Simpson Scholarships was awarded to a Ugandan student in 2012; an ACCA Simpson Scholarship was awarded to a Zimbabwean and a South African in 2013. ACCA students in Africa have what it takes. I urge ACCA SA students to ‘raise their game’. Kenya has garnered two scholarships in one year. There is absolutely no reason why our students cannot match this achievement,” Kater concludes.