The Trevor Winer Scholarship was established in 2008 by Trevor Winer, a Muir College Old Boy who matriculated in 1955. Its purpose is to financially assist deserving, academically gifted learners matriculating from Muir College to obtain a degree from a South African university. The scholarship is for up to R40 000 per annum for up to four years of study.
In 2017, the Winer Trust, which manages the scholarship, announced that ‘Technology Awards’, to the value of R8 000, would also be awarded to deserving learners. This meant that a computer, or some form of technology would be awarded to the student.
Trevor Winer Scholarship Recipients
2009: Jade Williams
2010: Jason Barker
2011: Euen Klassen
2012: Kevin Flanagan
2013: Kyle Dawson
2014: Milan Gajjar
2015: Mylan Jonas
2016: Sean Burger
2017: Trent Burnet
2018: Athenkosi Hlonyane
2019: Sibabalwe Mbini
2020: Lyden Human
2021: Darius George
2022: Tristan de Kock
2023: Oyintanda Gqomo
2024: Likhaya Loyiti
Trevor Winer Technology Award Recipients
2017: Sinesipho Tsotsa
2018: Timi Aderibigbe
Sibabalwe Mbini (scholarship winner)
2019: Timi Aderibigbe
Sibabalwe Mbini (scholarship winner)
2020: Minal Karsan
Celebrating a Decade – Trevor Winer Scholarship
Here is a rough collation of some of the news from the recipients of the Trevor Winer Scholarship:
2009 Jade Williams
Jade is at the University of CT Medical School.
2010 Jason Barker
Jason has a BCom Accounting (Honours) from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. He’s working as an assurance manager at PwC Bermuda and is a registered Member of Chartered Professional Accountants of Bermuda and Registered Member of South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. He sums up his aspirations in the following way:
I am looking to further my professional qualifications while in Bermuda. I’m specifically considering obtaining the CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst) to be considered for potential opportunities in hedge funds, investment banking and the like.
2011 Euen Klassen
Euen is a Senior Accountant at PwC in the Cape after two years at KPMG in Gauteng, with a Bachelor of Accounting (Honours) from Stellenbosch University
2012 Kevin Flanagan
Kevin studied Civil Engineering and has been a Civil Technologist at Aurecon South Africa in PE for the last five years
2012 Jethro Strauss
Jethro moved to New Zealand after his first year to study and be with family.
2013 Kyle Dawson
This is what Kyle has to say;
I can tell you that after obtaining my Honours in Microbiology I completed an MSc with distinction doing bioinformatics with a thesis titled, “Leukocyte intergrin interactions”. It was geared towards solving binding interactions between these structures in an attempt to shed light on various diseases caused by the malfunctioning of such interactions. I used computational biology, modelling programs and python programming to write scripts to conduct this research at Nelson Mandela University. Since graduating in April of 2019 I searched for a job and have since been working in the fast moving consumer goods industry at Dynamic Commodities at Coega from July.
During this time I intend to spend at least a few hours a week reading and working on a PhD relating to fatal familial insomnia. I hope to have the vast majority of the groundwork completed within the next 2 years. After which I intend to enroll at the university part-time for the last 2 years and complete my PhD.
2014 Shaheel Kooverjee
Shaheel studied at the University of Cape Town choosing the interesting combination of Computer Science and classical piano at South African College of Music, and earned a place on the Dean’s List for all three years of his undergraduate degree. He has twice been chosen for a solo piano performance at the Western Cape Youth Music Festival at Arts Cape Town (2015 and 2018) and has performed extensively throughout South Africa.
He is currently doing a BsC Honours in Computer Science at University of Cape Town.
2014 Milan Gajjar
Milan is at the University of Cape Town Medical School, completing his MBChB degree. He is in his sixth and final year, and is aiming to be in the Western Cape for his internship next year. He has aspirations of specialising in either ophthalmology or anaesthetics, and is relishing the opportunities for learning from new experiences.
2015 Mylan Jonas
Mylan obtained a BSc Construction Economics (Quantity Surveying) Cum Laude and Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Quantity Surveying (Cum Laude) from Nelson Mandela University. In 2018, he was award The School of The Built Environment Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence, the RLB & ASAQS Future Leader Award for his academic performance, and the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors Gold Medal Award in Aug 2019. The ASAQS awards were for being respectively the top undergraduate and postgraduate Quantity Surveyor in South Africa. He writes is extremely interested in socio-economics, particularly social housing and urban development projects, he worked as a Junior Quantity Surveyor at LDM Port Elizabeth and is currently working as a part-time Lecturer a Nelson Mandela University.
2016 Vuyolwethu Kwindla
Vuyolowethu has a BCom degree from Nelson Mandela University and is enrolled for a Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting whilst completing his articles at PwC.
Since arriving at the university I have received a number of merit awards and I have been afforded opportunities to travel all over South Africa on various occasions due to some of the activities I have been involved with at the university.
I have also been involved with the campus radio station where my show was voted the show of the year. https://www.pressreader.com/south-africa/the-herald-south-africa/20170908/282630327804101
Last year I was nominated as one of the Herald newspaper’s citizen of the year.
2016 Sean Burger
Sean has a Bachelor of Architectural Studies Cum Laude from Nelson Mandela University and is pursuing a M.Arch degree. This is how he sums up his journey so far;
After completing matric at Muir, I wanted to study to become an architect. I applied to Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth and was accepted. I completed my first year and received the prize for the best student in Geometric Drawings.
In my second year I also assisted the Geometric Lecturer with the first year students. At completion of my second year I received the best student in the Second Year Design Course prize.
During my third year I continued to assist Lecturers and was also involved in a University Research Project. At the end of my third year I passed my BAS Degree Cum Laude, received The Bachelor of Architectural Studies Student Award of Excellence for all round performance in the degree from the SAIA Eastern Cape as well as student membership for 2019 and 2020. I also received the prize for the highest average of grades in the subject Detail Design and Construction in the BAS Degree.
2017 Trent Burnet
Trent is studying towards a MBChB degree at Stellenbosch University. In his time at the university he has served on the 1st years’ committee (2017), 2nd years’ committee (2018), House Committee (2018/19) and has been awarded Honourary Colours for Leadership (2018).
2017 Takatso Radasi
Takatso is at the University of Johannesburg studying towards a Bachelors’ Degree in Accounting.
Time has indeed flown, it seems like yesterday when I left the prestigious corridors of Muir College. I remain nostalgic about the unforgettable fun times and relationships that I have formed at the school.
Due to the generosity of the Winer family, I am currently in 3rd year at the University of Johannesburg in the process of attaining my dream of being a Chartered Accountant.
I have also been privileged to be a recipient of the PWC bursary and training contract after I have completed my tertiary studies. On January of this year, I did vacation work with PWC on the audit of Volkswagen. This was an amazing experience as I was able to see theory I have learnt in school in a real-life scenario. The experience also re-affirmed by dream of being a CA as I saw that I picture myself doing this for the rest of my life.
I have also worked as an examination assistant for the Department of Education in December 2018. I was assigned to the ‘claims’ section where I assisted with the payment of personnel in the marking centre. I learnt new financial skills, workplace etiquette and interpersonal skills which aided my development as a professional in the foreseeable future.
As a typical Muir Boy, I still participate in sport by playing within the ‘Student Resident League’.
2018 – Athenkosi Hlonyane
Athenkosi is pursuing his studies towards becoming a mechatronic engineer at the University of Stellenbosch.
I am a member of the Maties Elevate athletics team, where I train in order to improve my triple jump technique.
Last year I participated in the South African Tertiary Maths Olympiad (SATMO) and placed top 10, among the Stellenbosch University students. During the June/July holiday I did 4 weeks of vacation work at Volkswagen SA, where I worked with cool robots and learnt a lot about the automotive industry.
2019 – Sibabalwe Mbini
Sibabalwe is studying towards a Bcom Accounting Science (Computer Science & information systems) degree at Nelson Mandela University. This is what he had to say;
Well, in my six months at university I think that two things that stand out for me so far are being accepted into the one of a kind Pinnacle program which is for top performing students in the accounting department and more recently I received an award at the NMU Merit Awards 2019 sponsored by Investec for second place academically among students who received Merit awards. I am still signed with Deloitte and I don’t believe the Muir boys know about these awards as I never made them public so it might motivate them as well.
Trevor Winer Scholarship Honours Board
In 2019, the school, in acknowledgement of the significance of the scholarship, erected an Honours Board, with a list of winners of the scholarship. The board is kept in the school hall.
Muir College is highly appreciative of the generosity of the Winer family. Our sincere thanks to them as well as members of the Trustees.