Local Gr. 11 and Gr. 12 learners from Kathu, Olifantshoek, Dibeng, Siya-themba and Mapoteng in the Northern Cape have the opportunity to apply for a region-specific scholarship. Learners are encouraged to grab this opportunity with both hands, as it is being promoted through community high schools in the identified areas.“These high school learners normally tend to have limited opportunities to access scholarships. That is why the Renewable Energy Investments South Africa (Reisa) Scholarship Fund specifically targets learners in these beneficiary towns in order for them not to have to compete against learners from other provinces,” said Sizile Mabaso, Chief Community Operations Officer of REISA. The Reisa Scholarship Fund was launched two years ago with the aim of providing tertiary education funding for youth living within a 50 km radius of the solar facility. The focus is to contribute towards human resource development in fields considered critical for the South African economy.According to Reisa, study fields include teaching, engineering, natural and social sciences, environment and nursing.Learners of local high schools have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of their predecessors. One success story is Tanwyn Wagenaar, who is fulfilling his dreams at the University of the Free State (UFS). The Reisa Scholarship Fund is reported to have paid his complete tuition fees, which alleviated the financial burden that was previously fulfilled by Tanwyn’s parents. They are now in a much better position to support Tanwyn’s siblings with their primary and secondary education. The scholarship has provided for Tanwyn’s study fees and private campus accommodation, which has allowed him to become more focused on his studies.It was further revealed in a statement by Reisa that he was rewarded for his hard work by the university through re-payment of his tuition fees for all the distinctions achieved in his 2016 matric examination.The funds were reversed and used towards his study material by the university.“Learners in these communities have access to other bursary opportunities. However, the Reisa Scholarship Fund is unique in the sense that it is more accessible,” stated Tina Meier of TM Communications. Local representatives are reported to conduct road shows at all local high schools before the scholarship application closing date. “The aim of the roadshow is to educate Gr. 11 and Gr. 12 learners and their parents about the scholarship fund and assist them with completing the forms. The marketing roadshow aims to inspire learners to focus on their studies and future and encoura-ges parents to support the learners with their academic careers.”The programme, promoted through the high schools, to study for a qualification with a minimum of three years, offers full or partial scholarships. Schools include the Gamagara High School, the Kathu High School and the Langberg High School.Learners can obtain application forms at Reisa’s local community office or alternatively directly from their schools.