Since 2008 WPN through its Educational Trust has been awarding bursaries to previously disadvantaged female students studying towards a property related degree or diploma. In 2012, WPN awarded eight bursaries in total - six to students and two to women already in the industry but furthering their studies. As one of WPN's major initiatives, the Educational Trust would seek to continue awarding bursaries, but under the challenging economic climate, and the fact that the Five Star and Rising Star Women Awards have been discontinued (through the sale of tables at which event funds were raised), the sustainability of the Trust is somewhat challenged.
WPN therefore would look to companies within the commercial property industry, WPN members and anyone passionate about making a difference through education to consider making a fi nancial pledge to the Educational Trust. All pledges would qualify as a CSI initiative and supporting documentation is available on request.
The 2012 bursary students had the following to say about how the bursary has impacted upon their lives:
Any pledge would be very much appreciated.
The two women who are currently working but studying part time and who have received bursaries are:
Bonnete Kehupetse who is in her second year BSc Property Studies at the University of Cape Town.
I am particularly passionate about both the property and construction industry because of the value that one can add to the lives of people (both in business and personal lives). I am grateful for the bursary awarded to me by WPN as it has really helped me this year. This meant a lot to me as I needed all the fi nancial assistance that I could get for my education. I am on Student Financial Aid and the bursary was used to pay part of my family contribution that my mother could not really afford at that time.
Mmabatho Shakoane who is completing her BCom Honours Property Valuation and Management at the University of Johannesburg.
I am passionate about the property industry because I find it very interesting as it is a very complex Industry and quite challenging. I want to change the perception of how a lot of people think of the property industry being only for whites and men. The bursary has helped to pay for my outstanding fees enabling me to continue with my studies without any worries.
Nokukhanta Nxumalo who is completing her BSc Honours Property Development at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
I am a proud WPN bursary recipient as I have received the opportunity of networking with affl uent and successful women in the property industry. This is very inspirational for me to make a success of myself and continue growing in the property industry and subsequently empower other young women who are in the property industry. I greatly appreciate not only the fi nancial assistance but also the academic assistance, the mentorship and guidance I have received from the members of WPN as these have positively affected my studies and career at large. I am also greatly honoured to be a part of the WPN as it is an initiative that gives women the power to be heard and appreciated for their achievements.
Sumendri Govender is also at the University of KwaZulu-Natal but in her third Year BSc Property Development.
My dad has always been the bread winner in my family and since his medical boarding, fi nances have been strained. I applied to the Women's Property Network for a bursary. While they were not offering a full bursary, I knew that even a small part would most definitely make a difference to the financial burdens on my dad. When I received the news that I was being awarded a bursary for R15 000, I literally cried. It was tears of joy and renewed hope.
Thembi Makhanya is studying towards her BCom Honours Property Valuation and Management at the University of Johannesburg.
I come from a family of fi ve and both parents have passed away. I stay with my aunt but during my studies I reside at a private student accommodation. I shall be forever grateful to the Women's Property Network for affording me an opportunity to further my education in the Property industry. I believe the Property industry plays a pivotal yet unheralded role within our economy. Without this industry, key logistical elements that sustain other aspects of our economy would not be satisfi ed and this would have a dire consequence for the economy as a whole.
Thando Nhlapho who is studying at the University of Pretoria towards her second year in BSc Real Estate.
I would also like to mention that I am also inspired by currently being one of the few females in the Construction Economics Department pursuing this course and would be greatly honoured to be in that number of female graduates breaking into the Commercial Property Industry! The awarding of this bursary has helped a lot in settling my fees for 2012 and I appreciate it a lot, and in addition to that, I believe being funded by not just any sponsor but one that brings opportunities for me in the Property Industry as a woman is the bigger award which I look forward to.
Lee Ann Pillay who is completing her BCom Honours in Investment Management at the University of Johannesburg.
The bursary has afforded me this opportunity to further my studies and seek longevity and success in the property industry, which has no doubt contributed to my growth and development as a young woman in the Property Industry and for this i am extremely grateful to WPN for making this possible.
Mathume Connie Mokobane who is completing her BSc Honours Land and Property Development at the University of the Free State.
I chose to do this course because is full of many opportunities for us as youth, and more especially women of this country. Therefore, as a visionary young woman entrepreneur it will help me gain knowledge of the property industry as a whole. I have a two year old daughter and we are living in a rented house, and am also the bread winner at home. If it was not for WPN, I would not have been able to continue my studies this year.
Alternatively additional details can be sourced from the National Co-ordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
An initiative which aims to harness the young potential within South Africa. WPN recognises it's role in developing and exposing female tertiary students to the property sector.
The WPN Educational Trust has been established to:
The WPN trustees are:
||Identify worthy candidates for educational sponsorship of property degrees
||Introduce these young candidates to WPN
||Develop a pool of young blood into the industry
||COO Old Mutual Property
|Refqah Fataar Ho-Yee
||Director, Smith Tabata Buchanan Boyes
The Educational Trust is constantly challenged to secure funding in order to provide bursaries for deserving female students studying towards a property related degree. Any pledge or contribution would be greatly appreciated.
2013 Bursary Applications
WPN will endeavour to offer three bursaries to previously disadvantaged female students studying towards a property related degree or diploma, as well as to offer two bursaries to women already active in the commercial/industrial property industry but looking to further their studies.
Should you wish to make application and be considered for a bursary, please email the National Co-orinator on email@example.com
in order to secure the criteria documentation.
Educational Trust Funding
In order for the Trust to be in a position to award bursaries, funding needs to be secured, and whilst WPN endeavours to do so through its various initiatives, the generous support of individuals and companies is also relied upon. Should you or your company wish to make a pledge to the Educational Trust, kindly complete and submit the pledge forms attached. All contributions qualify for CSI accreditation.