honours its Graduates
Education is a vital weapon to arm young people with, so that they can position themselves for the future that awaits them.
The Motsepe Foundation education sector hosted the 2nd Annual Alumni Ceremony, since the inception of the bursary programme in 2014. The event which took place at Emperors Palace in the east side of Johannesburg, saw many graduates share their stories and express their gratitude for the opportunity to further their studies. The Motsepe Foundation awarded the graduates with certificates honouring them for their hard work and finishing their degrees.
In 2017, the Foundation hosted its first Annual Alumni Ceremony where 96 graduates were honoured. This year a total of 86 students who graduated from various tertiary institutions across the country, were acknowledge and honoured for their achievement and were introduced to the Alumni programme. This brings a total of 182 bursary recipients who have completed their studies through the Motsepe Foundation bursary programme.
The Alumni programme was initiated to extend the network of graduates who share the values of ubuntu, integrity and a spirit of giving back to their communities. The Foundation encourages the Alumni to actively support other beneficiaries who are still at the university and in Motsepe Foundation anchor schools.
The ceremony is led by the beneficiaries, who after they have received a bursary from the Foundation, wanted to pay it forward.
Courtney Edwards, who is from the Western Cape and is currently working as an Educator was elected as a chairperson of the Alumni programme. “This programme is to make sure that every beneficiary is employed, self-employed and also giving back to the community somehow,” Courtney said.