The UKZN UK Trust is providing assistance to 13 needy students at the University this year through its bursaries and the Margaret Thomas Scholarship – down from 14 last year.
The Trustees regret that pressure on the charity’s finances in the current difficult economic climate means there is less money available to support students in 2012. Meanwhile, the need for help for poorer students remains very high, with the Trust having to refuse many deserving cases.
The fact that 13 students are being helped is something of which the Trust’s donors can be justifiably proud – but the situation gives cause for concern as more funding is desperately needed. The Trustees therefore once again call upon alumni and supporters in the UK to give as generously as they can.
The money given by donors makes a huge difference to the lives of students, evidenced by the heartfelt messages of thanks received.
Five of the 13 students being assisted by the Trust this year also received Trust bursaries in 2011. The Trustees were pleased to be able to renew their awards in the light of very good results achieved by the students in their second year of study.
The five students are studying law or social work degrees requiring four years of full-time undergraduate study and therefore do not yet qualify for new state funding arrangements for the final year of study.
The Trustees have decided to award the Margaret Thomas Scholarship for 2012 to a second-year BA student, Siyabonga Innocent Nxumalo. He achieved good or excellent results in his first year of study, which covered courses including Philosophy, Classical Civilisation, Media Studies and Global Politics.