The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of American logistics company UPS, has awarded a South African student with a James E. Casey Scholarship. 19 year old Kirsten Ashleigh Small, a recent matriculant of Westville Girls’ High School in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal, was chosen as one of 43 global winners of this annual award.

Named after one of the founders of UPS, the James E. Casey Scholarship is awarded to children of UPS employees for their outstanding academic excellence. The scholarship amount of $2 500 (approximately R35 950) is provided to winners for up to four years of university study. Winners are determined through a competition conducted by Scholarship America.

James E Casey SA Award winner

The James E. Casey Scholarship is one of the broadest programmes in the world, offering scholarships to UPS employees in over 72 countries. The local scholarship winner, daughter of Annette and Werner Small of Durban, is attending Vega College this year. Annette is employed as a Credit Controller at the UPS office in Durban.

“The Scholarship is such a big success for me as I can continue my studies and it has motivated me to succeed. It has been a great achievement and has allowed me to keep doing what I love and reach my goals to become a graphic designer. I’m so grateful to UPS for this award. This is going to help me further my achievements and have the future I have been working so hard for. Thank you UPS for making my dreams come true,” said Small.

During her matric year, Small received two distinctions in Visual Arts and Dramatic Arts. She was the first ever recipient of the Spinelli Bauer trophy for combined arts.

“UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $118 million (approximately R170 million) in charitable giving around the world, including 2.9 million hours of volunteer service, to local communities around the world in 2017. We are proud to continue that spirit of giving by supporting the families of our employees,” says Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer.


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