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I am currently a first-year student studying Pharmacy at the Tshwane University of Technology. The support of the Umthombo Youth Development Foundation has had a positive impact on my life.

I would like to express my gratitude to the Nedbank Foundation for making it possible for me to become a recipient of this bursary, and to thank them for the generous support towards my higher education.

Growing up in a disadvantaged community, I have had both financial and academic challenges and that has made me realise the importance of having an education.

My parents did not have a stable income for me to pursue my dreams. I then decided to apply for the Umthombo bursary at a hospital closest to me and my application was successful - my dream of being a Pharmacist was coming true.

The Umthombo Youth Development Foundation has also opened the opportunity for me to become a volunteer at Itshelejuba hospital. It allows me to gain experience and apply my theoretical knowledge I receive at University.

This would not have been possible without the generous support from the Nedbank Foundation. Thank you for enabling this opportunity.