South Africa’s education system has been hit hard during the pandemic with the futures of many young people at stake.
Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) has committed to providing access to more education and training, not only by supporting students financially, but also providing a refreshing perspective on education through the launch of The Study Buddy Fund. For the 2022 academic year, the Higher Education Support Fund will pay tuition and accommodation fees for seventy academically eligible students from fourteen communities across the country.
From support groups, career advice, and stealth study to sponsoring student fees, Study Buddy Fund’s mission is to make sure the top seventy students deserve everything they need for a fresh start and the chance of a successful academic life. CCBSA has been supporting students to access higher education since 2016. On top of financial grants, the company has also sponsored universities such as Nelson Mandela University (NMU) and University of the Free State (UFS).
“As a company, we cannot ignore the state of education in South Africa, the severe challenges the system has faced and how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected it over the past two years, and to recover we need all the practical skills. We all know that the growth of a country is linked to its young people getting a quality education. We appreciate that, the work of dealing with challenges in our education system cannot depend on government alone.Hence our CCBSA Study Buddy Fund was created to help ambitious students, give them hope and help them achieve their future aspirations, says Nozicelo Ngcobo – Director of Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability in CCBSA.
“We hope our Comprehensive Offer will be the ultimate study companion for our students, accompanying them on their academic journey, providing them with much-needed support and helping them keep them motivated along the way. Higher education can be challenging and stressful for some, having someone who can help you at the touch of a button One that will make the transition a little easier,” Ngkubo concludes.
Five students will be drawn from each of the 14 host communities where we are located, making a total of seventy (70) Study Buddy Fund beneficiaries. Host communities include: Tembisa, Freedom Park, Motsoaledi, Tswelopele, Elrichpark, Kensington, Korsten, Ntuzuma, Inanda, Kwamashu, Alexandra, Duduza, Ratanda, Seshego, Grabow and Eldorado.
Applications are now open and will close at 10y January 2022
See application requirements below:
Grade 12 preliminary results / final results
Motivation for obtaining funding (no more than 300 words)
Email the request to: [email protected]
Successful recipients will be notified by 24y January 2022.