Damelin Correspondence College Awards R70 000 in Bursaries
Every month, from October 2012-April 2013, Damelin Correspondence College has awarded bursaries to the value of R70 000 to the following lucky recipients: October 2012(Taygen Ormandy), November 2012 (Chris Hlatshwayo), December 2012 (Melikhaya Hans), January 2013 (Adelein Alexander), February 2013 (Jacobeth Matshdiso), March 2013 (Nishen Prawlall), April 2013 (Bernadette Theresa Hassen).
Damelin Correspondence College (DCC) will be presenting deserving students with bursaries valued at R70 000, each month from October 2012 to April 2013. R20 000 has already been awarded for October and November, and our winners are Taygen Ormandy (18) and Chris Hlatshwayo (27) respectively, who will now have the opportunity to study programmes of their choice.
For over 40 years, Damelin Correspondence College has been helping thousands of South Africans reach their dreams by giving them access to quality distance learning courses. Course offerings range from high school certificates to credentials from various professional institutes, as well as a wide range of other career development programmes. Damelin Correspondence College is provisionally accredited by Umalusi, the Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training, Umalusi Prov. Accr. No. FET 00475 PA. DCC has a course to meet everyone’s needs, and aims to make higher quality distance learning courses accessible to all.
Upon matriculating last year, Taygen Ormandy’s dream of becoming a physiotherapist was hindered as he did not study Mathematics and Physical Science in high school. The bursary from DCC, will allow Taygen to complete the necessary subjects in just one year, and set him on the correct path to attain his degree in physiotherapy.
This bursary has been life-changing for Taygen. “When I went into a DCC branch to enquire about the Matric programmes, I never dreamt of the possibilities that this would lead to. The student advisor told me that I was eligible for a bursary, and a few weeks later I received the call saying that I would receive one. This has helped both my family and me, since we have been under a lot of financial strain lately. The bursary will help me fulfil my passion of becoming a qualified physiotherapist”, said Taygen.
November winner, Chris Hlatshwayo, always wanted to obtain a tertiary qualification, but could not do so, due to financial constraints. He said, “I have longed to study for the last four years yet knew that my finances would not allow me to. I contacted DCC since I knew that they were not a fly-by-night campus, and wanted to investigate my study options and payment plans. After explaining my situation to the student advisor, I was told that I would be offered a bursary with DCC. This has changed my life, and awarded me an incredible opportunity.”
A recent study by the Human Sciences Research Council revealed that many students registered with South African universities are from extremely poor homes and many are forced to work part-time jobs in order to meet both their educational and daily survival needs (“Why Students Leave: the problem of high university drop-out rates’, by Moeketsi Letseka, www.hsrc.ac.za). Taking this into account, DCC has made it a priority to assist students in need with bursaries to study towards qualifications of their chosen career path, and improve the quality of their lives. “We are proud to be part of this worthy initiative”, said DCC Brand Manager, Strini Rajgopaul.