Already in its sixth year, Trevor Manuel’s ‘Mitchell’s Plain Bursary and Role Model Trust’ has assisted 107 students in gaining access to tertiary institutions. This month, it held its fifth bursary awards ceremony at Beacon Hill High School, awarding R1.35 million worth of bursaries to 50 students. Jeremy Michaels, who is the co-founder of the trust, said that the Trust had assisted students from all 16 of Mitchells Plain’s high schools.
Trevor, along with Jeremy, decided to start the fund after consulting with the community who told him that they are most concerned about education and skills. He also consulted with parents, learners, community leaders, school principals, School Governing Bodies, councilors, universities, colleges, community police forums, NGOs and SETAs, and eventually launched the fund in 2011.
The merit based Trust aims to help high achieving students who are struggling financially. However, the bursary does not cover all of the fees and students can only apply for further assistance if they have performed well in their tertiary studies.
A special award was created in honour of disabled Tafelsig community activist, Anthony George, who had died this year. Despite earning very little, Anthony had donated R1000 to the trust last year after having witnessed the 2016 ceremony and resolving to contribute whatever he was able to. An emotional Trevor had described Anthony as an amazing leader who was passionate about serving his community and fighting for the rights of the disabled.
Trevor also thanked everyone who had contributed towards the Trust, which includes individuals and businesses. He said that the community needs to mobilise behind placing education at the center of our efforts to “confront the scourges of poverty, inequality and the hold which drugs and gangsterism have over the lives of so many”.
If you want to know more about the Trust, visit http://mpbursarytrust.org.za.
Source: IOL (edited from an article by Kaylynn Palm), other