Learners from local high schools in Noupoort, South Africa will have the opportunity to apply for a Noupoort Wind Farm bursary next month, when the 2020 bursary programme is opened to new applicants wanting to follow in the footsteps of their predecessors who are fulfilling their dreams at universities around the country.
The Noupoort Wind Farm’s Bursary Programme, which launched in May 2018 to give local Noupoort youth access to tertiary education, has already benefited five local youth, who are now studying at universities and colleges around the country.
“We launched this programme with the hope that once qualified, these young people will return home to plough their skills back into this community. Our town will consequently have more professional residents and we will no longer need to recruit specialised skills from other parts of the country,” explained Economic Development Manager for Noupoort Wind Farm, Sandisiwe Mntonintshi.
The programme is promoted through the two Noupoort high schools and is open to learners who are in matric or already enrolled full-time at a university or college at the time of applying. Study fields are not restricted, however, professions to uplift the community are encouraged. The bursary covers tuition fees for the duration of the studies. In addition to this, a needs assessment is conducted to establish requirement for books, accommodation, and other costs.