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Two South Africans receive Prince Bernhard Scholarships

Two South Africans, Lameez Eksteen and Kholosa Magudu, have been awarded the prestigious Prince Bernhard Scholarships for nature conservation.

Two South Africans, Lameez Eksteen and Kholosa Magudu, have been awarded the prestigious Prince Bernhard Scholarships for nature conservation. Every year these scholarships are awarded to individuals from developing countries who wish to pursue formal studies or professional training in this sector.

The scholarship supports mid-career training (up to a maximum of one year) for individuals working in the field of conservation or associated disciplines directly relevant to the delivery and promotion of conservation. (More info here.)

Upon receiving news of the award, Kholosa Magudu, who is a water health scientist at the Duzi-Umngeni Conservation Trust, said, "It's so fulfilling to receive an award like this from the WWF. I am honoured because the organisation sees value in my work. I am very grateful."

Magudu says she will use the funds to assist with travel costs so that she may attend local conferences. She'll also use some of the funding to support the payment of her tuition costs.

Her masters research focuses on the role of naturally functioning ecosystems in improving in-stream water quality in urban areas.

"To be selected as a recipient is a great honour which I hold in high esteem," says Lameez Eksteen. "This award will support my professional growth in this sector that I'm so passionate about."

Eksteen says the funding will be used to pay her tuition and regular travel to Rhodes University, where she is conducting masters research on green career guidance as South Africa transitions toward a green economy, similarly supporting her work at WWF South Africa.

WWF South Africa congratulates both recipients and wishes them the very best with their further study.
Lameez Eksteen, wearing the panda t-shirt, happily received the news that she had been awarded the Prince Bernhard Scholarship.
Kholosa Maguda says the award will be a huge boost towards the completion of her Masters degree.

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