The future looks bright for Brea Andrews as she and her family no longer have to worry about funding her studies.
Brea from Observatory is one of two students who received the Fedhasa Cape’s Youth bursary.
The bursary of Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (Fedhasa) aims to empower students who are excelling in the hospitality industry.
Brea will be doing her third-year in hospitality management at the International Hotel School in Salt River next year.
She says the funding comes as a relief for her family as they will no longer have to take out a loan to cover the tuition fees of R90 000.
“I have been struggling to pay for my fees, and it has put a strain on my family.
“Now, I will only have to sort out my bus fare and focus on my studies. I am so happy,” says Brea.
According to her, she has been looking for funding since she started studying, last year.
She says when she saw the applications for this bursary were open, she knew she could not miss the opportunity.
She says loves the hospitality industry, adding that it has lots of opportunities.
It also allows her to continue in her professional development as it creates a continuous learning environment.
Brea admits that being a recipient of this bursary comes with a challenge as her academic progress will be monitored during the year.
The other recipient, Nathan-John Arendse from Kenilworth, is completing his national diploma in hospitality management – accommodation services at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology Cape Town Hotel School, next year.
Nathan-John says: “Receiving the bursary is an answer to my prayers.”
Jeff Rosenberg, Fedhasa Cape chairperson, says the bursary reflects Fedhasa Cape’s commitment to creating jobs within the hospitality sector by creating training and empowerment opportunities for the youth.
Jeff says the bursary targets young professionals who cannot afford to complete their studies on their own.
“This bursary will allow these two candidates to secure their studies for the coming year, and be groomed into young, up-and-coming professionals in the hospitality industry,” added Jeff.