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IBTC awards six bursaries in 2018

IBTC is giving back by helping six academically deserving and financially needy students to enhance their careers and enrich their lives.

Last year IBTC launched its first bursary scheme and received more than 190 applicants across all our qualifications. After careful review and shortlisting of the candidates, we have awarded six bursaries.  Meet three of the 2018 IBTC bursary students.
Thuba Nkehli
Driven by a need to succeed, studying an internationally-recognised financial qualification is a dream come true for Thuba. Raised by a single mother without a steady income, Thuba managed to matriculate at the top of her class and has continued to keep her eye on her goal. 
"This bursary is the saving grace for which I've been praying. I will study hard and achieve my dreams so that I can help educate people who, like me, come from a disadvantaged background. Education is key and I believe that you can not be a teacher unless you have learnt yourself," concluded Thuba.
Thuba, who currently works as a senior auditor for a financial company, was awarded the ACCA bursary to study P4 and P5 which she'll be doing through Online Classes. She says she plans to waste no time getting started. 
Karabo Angie Galetlole
Karabo is no stranger to the IBTC family. She started her CIMA studies with IBTC in 2016, but financial constraints prevented her from completing her qualification. After having been awarded the 2018 IBTC study bursary, this 24-year-old admits to feeling like things are finally falling into place for her.
"Being unemployed, I had no idea how I was going to pay for my studies. When I came across the bursary application on the IBTC website, I simply applied without ever thinking that I would succeed," said Karabo.
So much has happened in my life, but my mother and sister have always been there for me. We have always supported each other as a family and now that my studies have been paid for, my mother can finally retire,“ she said.
Karabo will be continuing with her CIMA studies with IBTC. She hopes to one day use her skills to help small businesses turn into big enterprises. 
Namhla Sokupa
A young lady who is solely driven by career growth. Namhla has one goal - to be the best in her field and she is not afraid to put in the work. Through hard work she achieved her BCom at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, but soon realised that it's not enough for her. She also aspired to be part of a global professional body. "Having just an accounting qualification wasn't enough for me. I want to also be part of a global professional body. It does not get better than that, because it opens up so many career opportunities," said Namhla.
Namhla was raised by strong women and that has driven her to want to achieve more and not let any opportunity pass her by. "When I heard about the bursary, I did not hesitate to apply.  It has become very clear to me that the more qualifications you have, the better the opportunities," she concluded.
Namhla will be studying towards her ACCA qualification with IBTC through Online Classes and Home Study, according to her, CIMA is next on her list. 
Bursary applications for 2019 open on 1 August 2018 and can be found on