The Stellenbosch United Church Education Trust (STUCET) was founded in 2005 to provide mentorship and supplementary financial assistance to students who would be the first in their family to study at a University. These students have the potential to be leaders in the community.

Vision

Key Objective

Mission

To create more educational opportunities for the Stellenbosch community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

To identify those who have completed their schooling with the potential to be leaders.

 

To provide the necessary mentorship and supplementary financial support to enable them to study for a tertiary education qualification.

 

To support their journey to independence.

To invite others to become partners on this journey. Some may have the means to contribute financially in which case STUCET is able to provide a taxation certificate. Others may have specialist knowledge and mentoring skills that will add demonstrably to the success of the journey for the appropriate candidate.

To create more educational opportunities for the Stellenbosch community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

To identify those who have completed their schooling with the potential to be leaders.

 

To provide the necessary mentorship and supplementary financial support to enable them to study for a tertiary education qualification.

 

To support their journey to independence.

To invite others to become partners on this journey. Some may have the means to contribute financially in which case STUCET is able to provide a taxation certificate. Others may have specialist knowledge and mentoring skills that will add demonstrably to the success of the journey for the appropriate candidate.

‘Recognizing the greatness of God and his love for us is the basis of our stepping out in faith, building community and tackling the challenges of the world.’

What do we offer?

We provide tailor-made academic and personal mentoring to students who are the first in their family to go to university. We also provide supplementary funding so that our bursars can give their full attention to their studies.

 

We support our bursars for the duration of their degree programme as long as they perform satisfactorily.

 

Academic and personal mentoring

Apply for STUCET support

Who we Support:

We do not support

How to Apply for support in 2023:

Please contact Elaine Ridge (elaineridge42@gmail.com).

 

How you can help us:

STUCET needs your help to continue its work

Make a donation: 

 this would be a vital way of meeting the gap between

the national funding available  from NSFAS

and the full cost of being at university. 

 

Bank Details:

Stellenbosch United Church Education Trust
Standard Bank
Acc No: 270237070
Branch Code: 050610
Swift Code: SBZAZAJJ

Become a mentor:

 

If you would like to journey alongside one of our bursars,

and have a specialisation  in engineering,

commerce/accountancy, science or languages,

please contact Elaine Ridge (elaineridge42@gmail.com).

 

Success Stories

I am the first person in my family to graduate high school, and thus the first to attend University. I was raised by a single parent, my mother who dropped out of school when she was a teenager. Growing up I always have piece jobs on weekends, and I have worked hard ever since to relieve pressure from my family. My mother could not contribute to my university expenses, so having a STUCET bursary helped me with my basic personal and academic needs and helped me avoid costly student loans that could take years to repay. It was also wonderful to have the support of a mentor. I have just passed my final year in BCom (Management Accounting) at Stellenbosch University!    More...

My father died when I was 9 years old. My mother did a wonderful job of bringing up my sister and me on a very small income. When the Covid lock down came, my mother lost her job and went to live in the Eastern Cape after fruitless efforts to find another job due to Covid-19. My sister and I have stayed alone in our shack in Kayamandi.

 

I performed very well at high school, but would not have been able to go to University without the help STUCET offered. The supplementary financial support meant I could concentrate on my studies.     More...

Abongile Pandula

BCom (Management Accounting)

Yonela Ndlangalavu

BCom (Summa Cum Laude)

Trustees

Richard Jones

Chairperson, Richard is a semi-retired professional accountant, who spent most of his working life in a listed public company. In the latter part of his career, his responsibilities at director level included finance, 

 

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Elaine Ridge

Elaine Ridge has been involved in education all her professional life. She has taught at schools in South Africa, England and Scotland, lectured at three universities and supervised research students to PhD level.

 

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Tony Robinson

Nowadays Tony has a problem deciding what makes him happiest – his music or his family. He is the minister at the Stellenbosch United Church (Presbyterian and Congregational). Tony has an ongoing interest in Education.

 

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Peter Koch

Peter Koch lives in Stellenbosch with his wife and three children.  Peter has a firm belief in education as the cornerstone of transformation in South Africa, having himself had the privilege of good schools and universities

 

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Ulrike Reuter

Ulrike Reuter, an Occupational Therapist, began her career working in clinics, hospitals and schools in rural Namibia and Windhoek. Her special interest in the child development field, took her to work in Cambridge and Norwich in the UK,

 

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