Ilze Baatjies (photo) is a member of the committee that helps managing the bursary program of the Trust. With support from the Trust, Ilze managed to pass her Education degree with distinction. Currently she teaches mathematics at the Albert Myburg Secondary School in Bredasdorp. The other members of the committee is Moija van Zyl and Lizelle Vos.
In 2004, when the Trust first started helping students from the fishing community complete their studies, only three students applied. Since then, the number of students have grown rapidly.
Some students who’ve benefited from the bursary are doing exceptionally well, and have gone on to become successful doctors, lawyers and teachers, among other professions. In 2016, there are 30 students pursuing further education with the help of the Trust.
When students first applied for to the bursary in 2004, the pass rate was less than 60%. However, this has improved as the number of students have grown, and has remained above 90% since 2013. The number of students employed after finishing their students is also growing.
Ten years ago, the number of tertiary students in Waenhuiskrans was at the lower end of the spectrum compared to similar communities. Today, it is higher than the average for rural towns in the Western-Cape. The Trust has allocated more than R3 million to students since 2004, and mediated substantial additional bursaries for students. In addition, the Trust made R600 000 available in the form of loans.
The funds for the bursaries are donated by private supporters of the Trust. Since 2014 the bursary programme is also supported by Madswimmer, Arniston Wines and the retail group Delhaize, who sell Arniston wine in Belgium.
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2018 Bursary applications are now open. The closing date for all applications is 10 December 2017. If you need more information regarding the bursary program please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.