Tembisa youngster off to university thanks to trust

Daisy Mashigo (17), who obtained three distinctions at the end of last year when she matriculated from Tembisa High School, can afford to smile as she has been given a full scholarship to start her B.Sc.degree at the University of the Witwatersrand this year. Here Mashigo is pictured with Peermont Education Trust (PET) trustee, Vusi Zwane, and Peermont's human resources executive, Fihliwe Nkomo, who gave her the official scholarship letter at an induction function at Emperors Palace recently. (P

As we all know tertiary education is unaffordable for most young people in South Africa.

Luckily, Emperors Palace is making dreams come true for seven lucky youngsters through their CSI initiative, the Peermont Education Trust

Among these lucky candidates to be awarded a full scholarship by the trust, which covers tuition, accommodation, books and a laptop, is Tembisa resident, Daisy Mashigo (17).

Having matriculated from Tembisa High School at the end of last year with three distinctions in English, life orientation and life sciences, Mashigo will follow her dream and start her B.Sc degree at the University of the Witwatersrand thanks to the Trust.

The final recipients, including the Tembisa youngster, were selected from hundreds of applicants and had to make it through a stringent selection process as well as a nerve-wracking interview with a panel of judges.

In addition to having all costs paid in full, these fortunate students will also receive workshops and psychological support to sustain them throughout the academic year.

“Over the years we have found that we are able to increase our graduation rate by offering learners additional support throughout the year. We do not just leave them to their own devices,” says the Trust Manager Jenny Findlay.”To this end, the Trust has achieved an 85 per cent graduation rate for the past 10 years. This is exceptional considering that the learners are from township schools and that the national graduation rate is 22 per cent.”


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