July, 2013 | Allan Gray Orbis Foundation
Investing in Greatness: Roxanne Christian, Allan Gray Scholar

Investing in Greatness: Roxanne Christian, Allan Gray Scholar

Roxanne ChristianMy early childhood

I was born in Cape Town in 1996 and grew up in Athlone. I live with my parents, grandmother and brother. I have fond memories of spending time with my grandparents when I was younger, especially my grandfather as we both had an interest in music.

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I attended Rosebank Junior Primary School in Rondebosch, and I now attend Rustenburg Girls High School. It was always my dream to attend Rustenburg Girls High School, but my parents were not in the financial position to assist me in fulfilling that dream. When I was in Grade 6 I came across an Allan Gray Orbis Foundation application form and my teacher urged me to apply. The application process took a year and included interviews and examinations. At first I wasn’t sure if I would be eligible for the Scholarship and I was quite nervous. I knew the Scholarship would give me the opportunity to study at a good high school and hopefully tertiary institution someday.

My favourite subject is Mathematics. I intend to study after school, and I am currently deciding between Medicine and Actuarial Science.

I am most proud…

I am most proud of having been awarded the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Scholarship, being elected a sub-prefect, and also being part of the science society committee and music society committee. This has helped me become more confident and I can now address a crowd – which has also helped build my self-esteem. These achievements are very important to me as they are all something that I’ve worked hard for during my time at school.

I am proud to be a South African, I am proud of my talents and I am proud that I have continued to work hard. I know that by taking advantage of any opportunities, making the most of my resources and putting my talents to good use I can achieve anything – as long as I have determination.

What makes me “me”

Just being me is what makes me real. I’m not afraid to make mistakes and I take advantage of all opportunities that come my way. I am very hardworking and determined to reach my goals. I’m compassionate and want to leave my mark in the world.

I am very passionate about music. I play the saxophone and recorder. I belong to the jazz band, orchestra, saxophone ensemble, recorder ensemble and choir. I also find great pleasure in helping others and doing volunteer work.

In 10 years I see myself…

I don’t see myself sitting in an office after I have completed my studies. I love interacting with children. I want to go out into the world and help others who are disadvantaged and give them the opportunity to change their lives for the better.

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Investing in Greatness: Bulelani Ngqukuvana, Allan Gray Scholar

Investing in Greatness: Bulelani Ngqukuvana, Allan Gray Scholar

Bulelani NgqukuvanaGrowing up

I was born in Cape Town at the Mowbray Maternity Clinic in 1999. I grew up with my family in an informal settlement which I always enjoyed, but when my parents separated I had to go live with my grandparents and seven other people. This was a bit hard as it wasn’t a big house that we shared – just two small rooms – but everyone got along. When my grandfather passed away I went to live with my grandmother, who worked for a family in Claremont.


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I attended Grove Primary School and it was there that I first heard about the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation. I knew I deserved a good education but was worried that I wouldn’t be accepted, as I thought that selection was based only on academics. Luckily, the Foundation also takes into account the personality of each individual, and whether they show the potential to make a difference. I knew I was willing to work hard and make the most of this opportunity – even if it meant leaving my family to get it. I was surprised and very grateful when I learned I was selected as an Allan Gray Scholar.


I am currently at Bishops Diocesan College. My favourite subject is Biology and I hope to someday study Business and Biochemistry at university.  I have also considered going into Zoology. My main interests are nature and inanimate organisms, and my passions are hockey and cooking. I have made the Disas Zonal hockey team. I am especially proud of this because I only started playing hockey last year, which goes to show that with hard work, determination and a good mentality, you can achieve anything in life. I have a unique personality and I strive to be myself and not who others want me to be, because I can’t change who I am until I know myself.

My Future

I see myself using innovative scientific inventions to try and improve the current state of our country. I hope to inspire young people who may think that they are not capable of doing big things – because after all, look at me. I am just a young person who grew up with my family in a shack. I knew I had the potential but I lacked the financial means. But lack of money never got us down and hopefully never will. My advice to young people who may doubt themselves because of their upbringing or circumstances? If you feel you can make a change don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, because with courage, determination and people who are willing to help, you will succeed. The fate of our country lies in your hands.


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