Selepe matriculated from Ephes Mamkeli Secondary School and is now able to follow his dream and study actuarial science at the University of the Witwatersrand.
“It’s a great bursary, they have done so much for me,” said Selepe.
“They have given me emotional support because you can’t just rely on your intelligence to get you through tertiary education.
“This bursary has really helped close the gap between high school and tertiary, especially for pupils in the townships.”
A total of 13 candidates were awarded the prestigious bursary from the PET this year and have registered to study a wide-variety of courses, including, actuarial science, mechanical engineering, business management and law.
In addition to having their tuition and accommodation costs paid, the pupils will attend workshops and receive 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 pupils additional support throughout the year,” said trust manager Jenny Findlay.
“We do not just leave them to their own devices.”