What a difference a WIIT bursary can make!
I am Asisipho Fente from Khayelitsha, Cape Town. I passed Matric in 2017 and did not secure funding from any of the bursaries I had applied to. Early in January my mentor, Baratang Miya, helped me seek funding. We were at an IITPSA talk where she was a guest speaker, and she asked me to tell my story. I explained that I achieved good marks for Matric, but I did not have any funding and my parents were not able to afford my fees. I went through all the stages necessary to secure the IITPSA bursary, applying and participating in a telephonic interview.I was informed weeks later that I had been awarded the bursary. I cannot express how happy I was, because this meant I would be the first child from my family to go to university!
I am at UCT, studying towards a professional degree, BCom in Information Systems. I love what I am studying, and I am so excited with what I can do with it. The transition from high school to University has been difficult but what has been helpful is IITPSA covering my fees because they had relieved a huge burden for me and my parents. I am doing so well that I was even elected class representative for my computer science class. I believe I have a lot of potential and with the support from IITPSA I can unleash it.