University of Pretoria undergraduates Shampie Doko and Lunga Khumalo of the Department of Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural Development were recently awarded the Standard Bank CSI Bursary, given to students who have shown leadership and academic potential.

The bursaries, administered by the StudyTrust, cover tuition fees in full and textbook, transport and accommodation costs. They also include a monthly stipend for living expenses, which will help the recipients stay on track with their academic goals and avoid delays in their uptake in the job market.

“I cannot begin to explain how much this opportunity has alleviated the stress for myself and my parents,” said Khumalo. “I truly believe in the sentiment of ubuntu: it takes a village to raise a child – I am where I am today because of the efforts of others. Standard Bank has catapulted me into the future and given me the chance to reach my dreams. I am eternally grateful and fully intend to make the most of this blessing.”

Doko and Khumalo are both passionate about the future of the agricultural sector for the youth of South Africa.

“This bursary has eased my financial burden,” said Doko. “It will help me focus more on my studies to ensure I perform at my best. I have no words to express my gratitude. This opportunity will not only make my dreams come true but has encouraged me to make a lasting impact wherever I may find myself.”

Departmental representatives said the department was proud to have two future leaders as part of its student body and added that the department was grateful for Standard Bank’s support and looks forward to fruitful collaborations on future initiatives. – University of Pretoria

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