Ambitious youth get bursaries

Katlego Moeng

Katlego Moeng

Ekurhuleni's 11 finest students have each been rewarded with a bursary to pursue any field of study of their choice.

Since 2001 more than 300 young people have become beneficiaries of the East Rand Youth Trust, with 40 having obtained university degrees to date.

The trust said its objective was to help young people from township schools, selected on the basis of their academic performance, ambition and integral sense of purpose, with bursaries.

The bursary recipients undertake studies in fields that are classified as scarce skills and have in the past recorded a 90percent pass rate.

Chairman of the trust, Monde Tabata, said: "The trust is proving to be a success every year as its bursars vindicate our objective through exceptional performance at every level."

The trust has also embarked on a drive to help students obtain industrial skills and trades through its Lesedi programme. That programme has funded an additional 70 students this year.

They have been enrolled in various courses, including electrical, millwright, fitter and turner, car mechanic, nursing and hospitality at various institutions.

Unlike most bursary schemes, the East Rand Youth Trust bursary students can choose their own fields of study.