Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand, Professor Adam Habib, have announced a R1 million scholarship programme to benefit poor students.
The Equality Scholarships, worth about R100 000 each, will be awarded to the top 10 matriculants from Quintile 1 and 2 schools who choose to attend Wits University. The announcement was made in Johannesburg on Monday night, the day Motshekga also released the official 2013 matric results.
The Scholarships cover all tuition and residence fees, textbooks, food and a cost of living allowance. The students who qualify for these scholarships will be supported for the duration of their undergraduate degree, provided that they continue to excel.
“The Wits Equality Scholarships in partnership with the Department of Basic Education have been developed to enable talented learners from disadvantaged communities to access quality higher education.
“This is one example of how government is partnering with higher education and other stakeholders to improve the lives of future generations, who in turn will help us to tackle the challenges of the 21st Century,” the minister said.
Motshekga said the Wits Equality Scholarships would help to transform the lives of talented learners who would otherwise not afford higher education costs.
Habib said Wits already administered about R500 million in financial aid and scholarships annually on behalf of the National Students’ Financial Aid Scheme, corporates, private donors and other institutions.
“Over half of Wits’ students receive bursaries or financial aid in one form or another,” said Habib.
The programme would supplement the current Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships, awarded to the 10 best learners from all schools, and will enhance Wits’ current suite of equity programmes which includes the Targeting Talent programme, the Bale Scholarship programme for young women, the Go to University to Succeed (GUTS) outreach campaign and the Leadership, Education and Development Programme (LEAD).
For more information on this and how you could go about applying for this scholarship contact Wits University via their website: www.wits.ac.za