Ndlovu Receives Full Scholarship to Trinity College

Thursday, June 27, 2019

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Concilia Ndlovu

Concilia Ndlovu, a recent St. Louis Community College graduate, has been awarded a full scholarship to Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. 

When Ndlovu, who attended STLCC-Meramec, came to the United States from South Africa with a cultural exchange program in 2015, the idea of one day studying at a prestigious American university seemed impossible. After all, highly selective schools come with a high price tag.  

However, her American host family instead encouraged her to consider applying to a community college. 

“Of all the community colleges I researched, Meramec offered me the best combination of quality education at a very affordable price,” said Ndlovu. 

Upon enrollment, Ndlovu was pleasantly surprised by the quality of education she received.

She found her professors, many of whom hold a Ph.D., to be highly qualified, engaged, supportive and dedicated to the growth and success of their students. The very small classroom sizes ensured that she and her peers always got one-on-one attention and mentorship opportunities. 

While at Meramec, Ndlovu was named to the dean’s list, inducted to Phi Theta Kappa, joined the Honors program, and was appointed as a student instructional leader for sociology. Her passion for writing was reignited by the writing classes she took, so she became a writer for the campus newspaper, The Montage. She also volunteered in various departments on campus and worked as a student assistant for the enrollment services office. 

"I'm very grateful to have been part of the STLCC-Meramec community,” said Ndlovu. “The quality education I received here was instrumental in me getting accepted into my dream four-year school on a full ride scholarship. Additionally, my Christian faith, prayer and meditation helped me to stay focused, hopeful and relentless in the pursuit of my dreams no matter how impossible they seemed at times."  

Ndlovu wants to encourage other students to fully engage on campus, take their studies seriously and give their dreams a fair chance by applying for scholarships and transfer to selective schools.  

"How could you know you won't get admitted if you don’t even try?” she asks. “My philosophy in life is that if you don't try to do something, someone else will get the very thing you were afraid to go for. It might as well be you." 

There is an African proverb in part that says “it takes a village to raise a child...” Likewise, Ndlovu strongly believes it took the Meramec “village” to mold and prepare her for this next great academic opportunity. 

"Thank you, STLCC-Meramec.” she said. “Indeed, STLCC expands minds and changes lives. I am living proof."        

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