To take advantage of this opportunity, the children of Volkswagen’s employees apply for the programme in their Grade 9 year and after an application process and testing, the successful learners are placed within schools such as Woodridge, St Georges and Brylin, as well as schools further afield namely, St Patrick’s in Kokstad and St Joseph’s in Cape Town.
The bursary has seen eight learners matriculate in 2015 with seven learners meeting the minimum requirements to study for a bachelor’s degree and one to study towards a diploma. So far, the bursary scheme has seen 13 learners enter university.
Over the last four years more than R5 million has been invested by the Volkswagen Group South Africa in the education of learners across the three grades.
“Education is a key focus at VWSA and we are proud to be able to assist children in our community further their development. Being able to give learners an opportunity to attend schools that would normally not be within their financial ability is making a difference not only in their lives but in the lives of their families as well.” said Volkswagen Group South Africa Managing Director and Chairman, Thomas Schaefer.
Six new learners entered the programme in 2016, bringing the total number of recipients for this year to 26. Since 2012 there have been a total of 34 learners assisted by this bursary.
In order to help potential candidates for the bursary, VWSA offers employees’ children in Grades 8 and 9 extra maths and physical science lessons, free of charge.