The Paarl Media Bursary Trust, supported by Novus Holdings, a leader in commercial print and manufacturing, has awarded bursaries to the value of R525 000 to seven matric learners based in the Boland area of the Western Cape, to help finance their tertiary education in 2018.

Since its inception in 2008, the Trust has awarded more than 100 bursaries to the value of R10 million.

“The Trust aims to create opportunities for learners who are hard-working and committed to working towards a brighter future. The successful learners have shown exemplary dedication to their studies,” says Nico Grobbelaar, group executive for human resources at Novus Holdings.

Hailing from schools across the Western Cape, the learners will be studying at an institution of their choice and one of the seven new bursary recipients will be pursuing a degree in education next year. This is in line with the Trust’s focus on increasing the quality of education in schools across South Africa, having introduced a category in 2015 for applicants interested in becoming teachers.

The successful bursary winners are:

Bursary Trust Recipient2018 CourseInstitutionSchool
Amy GertzeLLBUniversity of Western CapeElsies River High School
Benjamin CrousBA in HumanitiesStellenbosch University Hugenote High School
Lavdi PetersenLLBStellenbosch University New Orleans Secondary School
Marzelle HeibergB. Ed Foundation PhaseCape Peninsula University of TechnologyLabori High School
Mishka VincentMB, ChbStellenbosch University Paarl Girls' High School
Rone RaathsB.Com Management servicesStellenbosch University Bergriver High School
Werner KeyserMB, ChbStellenbosch University Paarl Boys High

Successful candidates had to apply and meet certain requirements in order to qualify, such as: be from a financially disadvantaged background, have leadership attributes, demonstrate community involvement and hold a commendable academic school record. Bursaries are open to the children of all Novus Holdings employees.

“The bursary award winners are selected following a rigorous process. We are certain that they will do us proud as they embark on this new chapter in their lives,” says Grobbelaar.

The Trust was started by the Retief family in the Western Cape in 2008, with an initial investment sum of R10 million. Today, bursaries are awarded from the investment returns and are run by independent trustees. Novus Holdings supports the Trust by providing resources to facilitate and manage the administration and processing of the bursaries each year.

“We congratulate the recipients and wish them well on their journey towards becoming tomorrow’s leaders,” concludes Grobbelaar.