Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University awarded to Old Boy

We are proud to report that Kearsney Old Boy Dr Wakithi Mabaso (Class of 2013) has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to attend Oxford University in 2022. He intends to read for an MSc in Global Health Science and Epidemiology, followed by an MSc in Clinical and Therapeutic Neuroscience. The Rhodes Scholarship is arguably the most prestigious academic award internationally.

At Kearsney Wakithi was awarded Honours Cum Laude in 2012 and 2013 and achieved eight distinctions in his IEB matric finals. An excellent all-rounder, Wakithi was a prefect, a member of the Kearsney College Choir which won two golds and were crowned World Champions at the World Choir Games in Ohio, USA, in 2012. He played tennis, basketball, rugby and soccer whilst at school. Wakithi is also a talented artist and has recently displayed at a number of exhibitions.

Wakithi graduated from UCT with an MBChB degree (cum laude) and is completing the second year of his medical internship at the Pietermaritzburg hospital complex. He will embark on his community service year in January, before commencing his Masters studies at Oxford in October.

As a Rhodes Scholar-elect, Dr Mabaso will be following in the footsteps of three Kearsney Old Boys who are included in the list of Rhodes Scholars: Gavin Williams (Class of 1960), David Polkinghorne (Class of 1980) and Alex von Klemperer (Class of 2006).

Wakithi at Kearsney in 2013

World Choir Games 2012 Awards Ceremony

Dr Mabaso today