Our impact to date
The goal of the Eric Molobi Scholarship Programme (EMSP) is to create a viable, vibrant network of young leaders in the business and engineering sectors by supporting students as they advance their education.
EMSP students are carefully selected from rural and/or disadvantaged schools affiliated to the Beyers Naudé Schools Development Programme.
Kagiso Trust then funds the selected students during a three to four year degree, with our investment financing university tuition fees, books, educational equipment, accommodation, transport, administrative and management expenses. Our students are also given the opportunity to take up internships and work experiences within the Kagiso Trust group of companies during their undergraduate studies.
Over the next five years we will be opening up the programme to fund scholars from a variety of careers as well as increasing placements for internships and in-service training.
Relay the story of how it was when you heard the good news that you were going to be part of the programme.
I had applied to the University of Pretoria and was accepted. I received a call from Kagiso Trust saying that I was to attend an interview for the Eric Molobi Scholarship Programme. My mother accompanied me to the interview. The Programme was explained and how it would cater for everything I needed while at university, including food, textbooks and a monthly stipend. We were so happy; it was a dream come true. I no longer needed to worry about the payment of tertiary fees.
What plans did you have on what you’d do following graduation and what actually happened?
During our matric dance there was a spokesperson who told us that we’ll be the ones who will put cheese on the table at home. I realised that I will be that change in my family. I had plans to work once I graduated and before graduation I received assistance from a student advisor from REAP (EMSP student support service provider). She assisted with the writing of my CV and cover letter and they were sent to Kagiso Trust. I then got the news that I had received the Finance Intern position.
How has KT helped you?
Kagiso Trust has helped take me out of a struggle; from having nothing to owning a degree.
What are you taking away from that?
The experience has been wonderful. I have learnt to not let my situation define me. Anything is possible!