Two students in the Maritime Law and Maritime Studies Unit, Ms Aneesah Mackie and Ms Trishmika Ghazi are the proud recipients of the prestigious Steven Wallace Trust Scholarship.
The scholarship is awarded by the Maritime Law Association of South Africa (MLASA) in honour of the late Mr Steven Wallace in recognition of his immense contribution to the field of Maritime Law. It will enable Mackie and Ghazi to complete their studies towards an LLM.
Mackie said that the scholarship is a relief as it will allow her to finish her studies without worrying about finances.
‘In these trying and unprecedented times I believe that extended learning is both a luxury and a necessity. The scholarship will enable me to further my education, devote my attention to my research and realise my dream of becoming a maritime law scholar and attorney,’ she said.
For Ghazi who is also a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the School of Law, the scholarship is a reward for her hard work and dedication.
‘I graduated with my LLB degree cum laude in 2020 and achieved five Deans’ Commendations and two Certificates of Merit,’ she said.
‘My interest in Maritime Law arose when I did vacation work at a law firm and was assigned to the Maritime Law department. I decided to pursue a master’s degree in this field to further my knowledge. My dissertation focuses on the regulation of seafarer’s rights and COVID-19’s impact on seafarers. I am very thankful to Dr Dusty-Lee Donnelly for encouraging me to apply for the scholarship. This is a great opportunity to gain exposure to the leading Maritime Law professionals in the industry and further my career,’ she added.
The Maritime Law and Maritime Studies Unit’s Acting Director, Donnelly congratulated Mackie and Ghazi on their achievement.
‘They deserve this scholarship as they are talented and deserving students who are passionate about their chosen field and determined to succeed in the tough, male-dominated maritime world,’ she said.
Words: Thandiwe Jumo