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Varsity College in Sandton offers scholarships to qualifying learners

Sithelosethu Ndebele, the scholarship recipient from the 2022 circle, hopes to one day change the narrative for the technology industry.

They say when the time is right, the Lord will make it happen. It did happen for Sithelosethu Ndebele, a first-year student at Varsity College, who says God came through for him when he received a scholarship.

The Varsity College of Sandton has a programme called the IIE’s Varsity College Scholarship that aims to provide top-performing Grade 12 learners who may not be able to afford access to quality private higher education with scholarships.

According to Anto Kagisho, the public relations person at the college, each academic scholarship is for contact learning for the duration of the qualification (3–4 years) and is limited to 2024 first-year undergraduate students who register at any one of the eight IIE Varsity College campuses for the first time.

“More than 150 scholarships are available to prospective students nationally.”

Ndebele, the 2023 scholarship recipient studying towards his Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences in Application degree, said, “My scholarship did not only alleviate financial pressure but also exposed me to a new way of thinking on my journey to becoming a software and application developer.”

He says he is grateful to have had this opportunity and hopes others will, as it helps a lot.

“I am so proud of my first-semester average of 74.75% for all my modules, and I know this qualification will change the narrative of my family.”

Louise Wiseman, the managing director at the college, explained that there are two categories of scholarships: excellence and achiever.

“To qualify for the excellence scholarships, the applying students need to have achieved an average of at least 75% in their Grade 11 or four subjects (other than life orientation) with 80% or more. Scholarships will be awarded to the best-qualifying applicants based on academic merit. Preference will be given to academically qualified students with a household income of less than R400,000 per year.”

She added that the achiever scholarships need students to have achieved an average of at least 60% and applicants to submit a 600-word motivation with their application.

“Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to engage with some of the recipients of the scholarships. I was impressed by their enthusiasm and passion for education. As young as they are, they have a vision for their lives. It is for these reasons that we want to continue to invest in the futures of young people.”

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