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Bursaries benefit community

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The single requirement is that the student needs to be a resident of Loeriesfontein, to ensure that this community benefits directly

ANNA Pieters is one of 10 students from Loeriesfontein who is studying with the help of Khobab Wind Farm’s bursary programme.

All recipients of the fund come from Loeriesfontein High School.

Six new bursaries were awarded to mostly first-year students during 2019, providing a substantial penetration, considering that the bursary only launched in 2018.

The programme, which is aimed at providing opportunities for local youth, has a long-term goal of becoming STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) focused.

The bursary programme is promoted to grades 10 to 12 at Loeriesfontein High School and is available to applicants wishing to pursue studies at university or technical college, and is not limited to any field of study. The purpose of this is to enhance capabilities and provide opportunities to as many community members as is possible, without being limiting or prescriptive.

The single requirement is that the student needs to be a resident of Loeriesfontein, to ensure that this community benefits directly.

The bursary covers the full financial obligations of the tertiary degree, from first to final year, assuming that the student passes each year to qualify for funding in the following year. It is a full bursary that covers tuition, accommodation, books, travel to and from the institution, meals etc.

The 2021 bursary applications open in September this year and will be promoted at Loeriesfontein High School. Application forms are also available from the wind farm’s project office.