Bursary kick-starts career for future pharmacist

2017-11-15 06:01
Angelique Hendricks, a final year BPharm student at NMU, works at MediRite over weekends and during holidays.                                           Photo:SUPPLIED

Angelique Hendricks, a final year BPharm student at NMU, works at MediRite over weekends and during holidays. Photo:SUPPLIED

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GROWING up in Port Elizabeth, Angelique Hendricks (29) first pursued a path in accounting and earned her first degree from Nelson Mandela University (NMU) but soon realised her skills and purpose were far better matched to phar­macy.

“Studying pharmacy has been the best decision I made,” she said.

Hendricks, who is now a final year BPharm student at NMU, is one of the Shoprite Group’s 307 bursary holders for the 2017 academic year.

“This bursary has been my lifeline because without it, I would have had to drop out of university in my first year,” she explained.

On weekends and during the holidays, Hendricks works at MediRite Bethelsdorp, Shoprite’s in-house pharmacy.

“I get the opportunity to apply the theory that I’m learning at varsity and everyone here is very supportive.”

The bursary programme is linked to a work-back agreement, giving students the boost they need to kick-start their careers.

While 58% of South Africans aged between 15 and 34 are unemployed and there is a shortage of funding for many students in need, the Shoprite Group is on the hunt for bright, hard-working young people who need financial support in order to continue their post-school education.

Hendricks is looking forward to joining MediRite full-time after graduation.

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