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Wednesday, 06 August 2008

Education student awarded Abe Bailey Bursary


A 21-year-old teaching student, based at the Wellington Campus has been chosen to represent the Cape Peninsula University of Technology during a three week leadership trip to the United Kingdom.

Maria Louw is one of 17 South African students, who has been awarded the prestigious Abe Bailey Travel Bursary.

The bursary was established in terms of the will of the late Abe Bailey, who was a mining magnate and politician in South Africa. The aim of the bursary is to broaden the views of South African students by exposing them to different cultures.

Marog Taylor, trustee of the fund, said bursaries are awarded each year to students from South African universities, and covers the costs of a three week educational tour of England and Scotland. Taylor said students selected for the trip are those who demonstrated leadership skills at their campuses or within their community. Students also have to excel academically, said Taylor.

Louw said she never expected to be awarded the bursary. However, her leadership roles in faith based community projects in Wellington and in several cultural programmes at the campus helped her clinch the bursary.

Louw, who is currently completing her practical teaching course at Durbanville Primary School, said her chosen career also requires of her to have leadership skills.

“When you are in class, you have to take the lead,” she said.

Louw, who is from Nieuwoudtville, a small rural town in the Northern Cape, said she is positive that the trip will be a success and is looking forward to be exposed to a different culture.

“I am very excited,” she said.

Louw, along with the other students will travel to the United Kingdom on 21 November 2008.

By Candes Keating, Marketing and Communication Department

Written by CPUT News