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VOC Bursary project launched

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After much public interest, VOC has officially opened the applications process for the 2014 Bursary Fund. Every year the station hands out up to R10 000 each to needy students, with the goal of helping them meet the often hefty tuition fees for tertiary institutions. 2014/2015 marks the 9th consecutive year that the social investment project has been running.

During last year’s campaign, VOC managed to raise and donate a massive R100 000 in bursary monies, to a total of 25 students. Monies were raised through several initiatives, including the Charity in Motion campaign, the VOC Festival, and donations from several businesses and within the community. This year, the fund will be largely financed by the Cycling for Charity campaign, as well as the Family Day at Ratanga Junction. Provided the success of the latter event, the station will be seeking to match last year’s R100 000 total.

According to VOC Bursary Fund coordinator, Nijemah Hayat, recipients would be determined by an independent panel of individuals, including former school teachers, principals, and accountants amongst others.

Applications would be available for all students, regardless of the field those chose to pursue. The only real criteria is that each applicant should at least be in matric, or have a National Qualifications Framework (NQF) level 4 qualification, which is equivalent to matric.

“We give bursaries to any student that studies any form of education, whether its medicine, Islamic Studies, or the finances sectors,” she said.

Applicants will need to indicate their chosen field of study, their current educational status, a certified copy of their I.D, and two testimonials from either a teacher, community leader, or current employer. Student will also need to provide a copy of their most recent results, am motivational letter of why they are in need of the bursary, and a certified copy of the salary details of the student and parents.

“They need to be honest when they complete these forms, because we are trying to give the bursary to needy students. If for example a parent is unemployed or a pensioner, then they will have to give us proof that this is the case,” said Hayat.

The application process opened on Wednesday evening. Application forms can be obtained either via the VOC website or by visiting the VOC studios at 2 Queens Park Avenue, Salt River.

For more information you may email Hayet at Alternatively you can call the VOC studios at 021 442 3500.

The forms can be found at:  VOC

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