We are pleased to announce our 2021 recipients. It was not easy to choose just three recipients, but in the end the committee had to decide. It is our pleasure to help them achieve their educational goals through this program.
The 2021 recipients are:
|My name is Chelsea Kelly, I am originally from Cape Town, South Africa. My parents and I immigrated to Texas in January of 2013. Since then I graduated from Lone Star High School in Frisco, Magna Cum Laude in June 2017, and this past December (2020) I graduated from Texas Woman’s University (TWU) Summa Cum Laude with my Bachelors of Science in Biology. I am currently a PhD student in Molecular Biology at TWU working in cancer research. Furthermore, I am a graduate assistant teaching freshman biology labs. I hope to complete my PhD after 5 years and work in oncological research. I want to do research where I help with expanding individuals’ quality of life by potentially finding new and improved treatments that are safer and more effective than current options.|
|My name is Klaus Schroder, and I am 28 years old. I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas – Arlington. My Ph.D. dissertation focuses on comparing natural, nature-based, and engineered shoreline infrastructure strategies to determine their effectiveness in providing shoreline protection for coastal communities facing groundwater – and surface flood threats. Furthermore, I am an avid “waterman” that basically grew up on the beaches of the Garden Route, South Africa. As a proud South African, I naturally enjoy potjiekos and spending my free time outdoors with friends and family.
I am very happy and honored to be part of this initiative and to have received this scholarship. Thank you to everyone involved with this initiative. I hope to see and meet ya’ll at the 2021 South African Potjie In Texas event.
|My name is Adrienne Lourens. I am a 20-year-old student who attends the University of Florida. I am majoring in Elementary Education and will graduate with my master’s degree in Fall 2023. I was born in Benoni, South Africa, and moved to the U.S. when I was 11 years old. I am the first in my family to go to college and am honored to attend UF, go gators! I am excited to take everything I learn at school and during student teaching to my future classroom where I can create success every day with every student I interact with.|