2020 was a challenging year for Matric learners across in South Africa due to the closing of schools caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. After receiving 600 applications IIE’s Varsity College has awarded 167 top-performing 2020 Matric pupils with scholarships worth R25 million.
As part of the application, potential recipients were required to submit a 600-word motivation with their academic records. Applications were submitted in one of three categories, which were Excellence Scholarships, Achiever Scholarships and Rising Stars Scholarships.All the scholarships have a merit requirement, and some have an income criterion and are reserved for applicants from less economically advantaged households.
Louise Wiseman, Managing Director of The IIE’s Varsity College, said although 250 scholarships were available, only 167 of the applicants met the strict criteria. The recipients will be supported for the duration of their chosen qualifications.
“We’re delighted to welcome our scholarship recipients onto our campuses this year.We’re also looking to expand the programme and introduce opportunities for corporates to become involved .Corporate sponsorships and/or partnerships will benefit future recipients with securing mentorships, internships and the like,” added Wiseman.