Student wins R90 000 college study bursary

2010-03-17 00:00

CHASE Valley resident Lauren Holmes is counting her lucky stars. The 18-year-old is one of 10 lucky winners of a full-programme bursary to Varsity College.

The competition, which she found on the Internet, challenged prospective students with two questions and those who answered correctly were put into a lucky draw. Holmes scooped the prize, which will pay for her tuition throughout her Varsity College course.

Holmes, who chose to study a Bachelor of Education, said the win was “a huge surprise, I didn’t expect to win at all”.

Her four-year degree started on February 1. She explained that because Varsity College runs through Unisa, all she has to pay for is the Unisa fees and her textbooks, “everything else is paid for, it’s worth like R90 000”, she said.

Kevin McShane, principal of Varsity College Pietermaritzburg, said this is the first year that Varsity College has offered full-programme tuition bursaries in the competition. “We are thrilled for Lauren and her family and we wish her all the best for her studies.”

The Varsity College bursaries that were up for grabs consisted of seven bursaries for prospective first-year students and three bursaries for current students. All 10 bursaries are full-programme tuition bursaries.

Holmes, who works at her mother’s day-care centre in the mornings, says she is really enjoying the lectures that she attends in the afternoons.

“We only have about 19 people in my class so it’s nice and small and we get one-on-one attention.”

Life as a student is also treating her well. “I’m really enjoying it. The whole vibe is really nice and everyone is really friendly,” she said.

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