A Zimbabwean, Hatinawedu Mupiwa, who struggled to raise money for school fees in Nyanga, Manicaland province, due to poverty but managed to get a scholarship to study in America, has passed his studies at Berea College with flying colours.
Mupiwa, who graduated a few days ago and majored in computer and information science and mathematics, received three awards for his sterling performance in class.
He received the T. J. Wood Award Achievement Award, given to a graduating senior person for outstanding scholarship and excellent contributions to the life and work of Berea College, and the Steve Boyce Senior Mathematics Award presented to senior mathematics majors for excellence in their field.
Mupiwa also received the Dr. Charles Bishop Spangler Mathematics Award, established by Dr. Daniel Patrick Spangler and presented this year to a Berea College senior, who was chosen by the Mathematics Faculty.
He has since been offered a job by international banking giant, Goldman Sachs. Google and Microsoft are also eyeing him, thanks to the solid education he has received in America.
Back home, the situation is tough for students like Dumisani Muyambo Machinjirise of Great Zimbabwe University and his colleagues, who are failing to raise money to buy college learning materials like pens.
Machinjirise is doing an English and Communication Degree at the university where he says life is tough for almost all students, who are feeling the pinch of Zimbabwe’s harsh economic environment.
Mupiwa, who is a recipient of the United States Students Achievers Program, says his rise to the top has been made possible by practical American education.