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Hard Work Earns Masters Student TB Davis Scholarship

2017/09/09 10:38:51 AM

Mr Atish Deoraj was awarded the TB Davis Scholarship for being one of the top achieving Master’s students in the School of Engineering.

Mr Atish Deoraj was awarded the TB Davis Scholarship.

Mr Atish Deoraj was awarded the TB Davis Scholarship for being one of the top achieving Master’s students in the School of Engineering. 

Deoraj, who is pursuing an MSc in Engineering (Civil Engineering), said he felt overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude that his hard work was being recognised by the University. ‘I am pleased that it has all paid off.’ 

He lists his parents as role models. ‘I come from humble beginnings, being born into a small farming household. My parents’ success in life, despite numerous hardships, is because they persevered to get to where they are today.’ 

Like many other children, Deoraj was fascinated by how things work and this interest has carried on into adulthood. He enjoyed physical sciences and technical drawing at school, which paved the way for him to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering. 

Deoraj describes himself as an easy-going person who is motivated, hardworking and also works well under pressure. ‘I always push myself when it comes to crunch time,’ he said. 

Deoraj is looking forward to starting work next year in the highly interesting and exciting field of coastal engineering. 

‘Experience in the field is my main goal for the near future, but I aim to begin working on my PhD at some point following the completion of my MSc,’ he explained. 

During his spare time, Deoraj likes to keep active by going to the gym, playing indoor football and pursuing outdoor activities like hiking. On the other end of the scale, however, he is also an avid “Call of Duty” fan and player. 

Manqoba Hadebe


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