AWCA’s bursary support programme started off in 2005 with the Women of Substance event as the main fundraiser for the programme. At the time, a decision was made to support SAICA’s Thuthuka programme by starting off with 4 students and increasing by 2 each year.
In 2008 AWCA formed a partnership with SAFCOL through which 2 students were funded from 2008 – 2012 to study towards becoming Chartered Accountants. In 2009 AWCA formed the “AWCA bursary”, which saw the approval of R300 000 per year by Vodacom for the support of 6 students from 2009-2012 totalling R1.2million over the full four year period. In 2011 we also started our own AWCA CTA bursary focussing on students that are studying towards CTA.Through this programme, AWCA has funded 68 students in their quest to become Chartered Accountants and contributed over R1.3million to Thuthuka since 2005.
Being a women’s organisation, our involvement with the bursary students does not only stop in monetary contributions - our relationship with the students is not only for them to develop academically, but to develop their leadership and other social skills. To this end, all our students get exposure to attend our mentorship, round table and celebrate success functions and we also actively organise tutoring interventions should the need arise. Participation in our student chapters is also mandatory to ensure that leadership potential is groomed. Fundraising continues to be a challenge, but we are committed to making sure that we provide bursaries to at least 8 girls a year.
In order to apply for the AWCA Bursary please download and complete the form below.