Two University of Botswana Bachelor of Information and Knowledge Management students in the Department of Library and Information Studies are part of seven recipients of the ARMA International Educational Foundation (AIEF) 2021 Education Scholarship Awards.
The two are Ms Tshepo Moatlhodi, 26 and Mr Nickel Vray, 24. The scholarship carries a cash grant of P12 000 ($1200) each. According to the Foundation, 2021 again brought numerous strong applications from a diverse and international field of candidates, competing for a limited amount of funding.
“The Foundation is encouraged by the applicants as an illustration that the future of information management is indeed in good hands and will be led by brilliant scholars and professionals,” says the Foundation on its website.
Ms Moatlhodi and Mr Vray are excited about the scholarship award and say it cam at an opportune time when they are eager to invest the money in furthering their education. The two are Archives and Records Management majors.
“As an information professional, I wish to pursue my masters in archives and records management and use my knowledge and experiences to develop an advocacy programme for records management informed by peculiarities of the African setup as a way of promoting records management in the public and private sectors,” reckons Ms Moatlhodi who describes herself as an outstanding and outspoken woman from Ramotswa.
“Being a recipient of the 2021 ARMA International Educational Foundation Scholarship from among strong international applicants comes at the opportune moment in my desire of becoming a professional records manager as the award will be invested in the Master of Archives and Records Management (MARM) programme at the University of Botswana,” adds Mr Vray. He says once admitted into the masters programme, his intention is to contribute emerging and new knowledge to the archives and records management field resulting in new thinking and bettered practice.
The Foundation is a non-profit corporation and leading organisation in the United States of America that embraces the practical and scholarly knowledge of information management by funding and promoting research, scholarship, and educational opportunities for information management professionals.
Consequently the two aspiring professionals commend their lecturers in the Faculty of Humanities, Dr Tshepho Mosweu, Dr Peter Sebina and Professor Nathan Mnjama who were instrumental in their bid to secure the scholarship.