Investing in Greatness: Roxanne Christian, Allan Gray Scholar | 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.

Apply for the Allan Gray Scholarship Opportunity HERE

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  • Lukho 30/08/2013 at 7:27 pm

    Hi there, I want to apply for a scholarship but im too nervous to. my parents aren’t financially able to send me to a good school any more as my other siblings would be starting school. I really want to start Boarding school because my mom said it opens new bridges in life but I cant afford to

    • Jehan Author 20/09/2013 at 9:07 am

      Hi Lukho

      Thank you for your post. An email has been sent to your mailbox.

      All the best

      The Foundation Team

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