UKZN calls on alumni to help raise funds

2015-08-13 06:00

WITH the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) cutting down on funding due to insufficient funding, UKZN is calling its alumni to join hands to raise funds for needy students.

The campaign known as “Ingeyethu, Ingeyakho UKZN is ours, UKZN is yours” will consist of former alumni from various campuses, and will be an annual fund campaign. Vice-chancellor and UKZN principal, Dr Albert van Jaarsveld, said one of his objectives is to increase funding for students.

“It is well known that successful economies and prosperous societies thrive on well-educated citizens. However, national government funding schemes and resources currently available to us are not able to meet the funding needs of many academically talented youngsters who aspire to study at the institution.

“Through funds raised from donors, thousands of students have been assisted to study here. However, the challenge to bring more deserving students into our institution to develop skills and contribute to a prosperous South Africa remains high on our priority list.

“This university initiative is driven by the UKZN Foundation Trust and calls all alumni to rejuvenate their bond with the university.”

The annual fund consists of an alumni bursary endowment fund, which is a long-term legacy fund that will disburse bursaries from interest once capital reaches R1 million, and a general bursary fund which will respond to current needs.

Those wishing to donate may visit www.ukznfoundation.org

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