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My name is Wesley Makavanga. I grew up in a family of five, living in the rural parts of Zimbabwe.My mother is a part-time teacher and my father is a subsistence farmer.

Growing up, my parents could not afford to pay my school fees in order for me attend school. Therefore, my mother worked as a general worker at the school or pay my school fees with maize. I saw poverty as a push factor for me to study hard and not as a drawback.I passed my National Ordinary Level with 6A’s, 2B’s in Mathematics A, Combined Science A, History A, Geography A, Shona Language A, Accounts A, English B and Commerce B

I was offered a place for Advanced Level at Alpha Institute in Mutare and I managed to pass high school with distinctions, 24 points out of 25: Pure Mathematics A, Statistics A, Accounting A, Business Studies A and Economics B. My dream is to study Mathematics and Computer Engineering because of my love for Mathematical problems.

Despite passing with such distinctions, my parents did not have enough resources to send me to a University, therefore I have been at home not doing anything for over one year. Miraculously someone posted my grades and plea for help on social media and someone told Ms Prisca about me. She quickly contacted me and offered to help.

She told me about the SAT exam and opportunities to get scholarships and she provided me with enough resources to take the exam such as SAT books, access to internet and she paid all the SAT fees.

The greatest desire of my heart is to get an education and improve my life, my families and lives of others in my community. Ms Prisca has been an inspiration, she believed in me, a stranger she has never met and gave me this opportunity that my parents can not afford.

I believe my passion to becoming an Engineer is going to come to life one day and I am going to help others in my community to get an education the way I have been helped.

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