MASERU — Four Basotho students have won scholarships to study in the United States next year.
Lekotoane Namole, Tsita Molapo, Jabu Mbara and Stephen Moerane will leave for the US towards the end of the year to pursue various degree programmes.
Namole and Molapo have earned Fulbright Scholarships to study for Masters degrees while Mbara and Moerane will study for their first degrees.
The United States embassy held a function to bid farewell to the students at Lehakoe Club in Maseru on Thursday.
US ambassador Michele Bond said nominees were evaluated and selected through open and merit-based competitions by the Basotho Fulbright Alumni.
“The embassy is engaged in helping students pursue their education in the US for many reasons, including building capacity in Lesotho and promoting mutual friendship between the two countries,” Bond said.
She advised the students to return home with skills and contribute towards changing their country.
“The students we are honouring today have a unique opportunity to be a huge force for change in Lesotho.
“I hope you will enjoy your time in the United States, take full advantage of the rich opportunities available
at the schools you will attend and
bring your education, insights and skills home to benefit Lesotho,” she said.
Speaking on behalf of the students, Lekotoane Namole, thanked the US government for giving them a chance to pursue their dreams.
“It has been a very long and tough journey and I am grateful to God for having given us the strength not to give up,” Namole said.