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South Africa: New R1m Scholarships for SA's Poorest
Source: SA - the Good News via SouthAfrica.info
Source Date: Thursday, January 16, 2014
Focus: Information Access, Government Portal, Citizens’ Service Delivery, E-Government
Country: South Africa
Created: Jan 16, 2014

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, Wits said in a statement.
"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," Motshekga said.
"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 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," he said.
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).
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