Author: Ian Stols, University of Pretoria
31 August 2017… the day that changed my life.
On this day, I received my admission letter to medicine and I was finally going to realise my dream of becoming a doctor.
The excitement soon disappeared when I realised that I had no financial means to fund a 6-year degree and coming from a family of limited financial freedom, it was nearly impossible. As faith would have it, I received an invite to apply for financial aid from ISFAP, and I did.
Receiving financial aid from ISFAP has enable me to realise a long-lived dream. Never have I ever heard of another financial aid program such as ISFAP. Most definitely one of a kind. ISFAP not only finances your studies – it empowers you to utilise the opportunity bestowed upon you to the fullest. ISFAP moulds you as a student to become a leader. A person of integrity and value. I am eternally grateful for the support and empowerment that ISFAP has provided me. Without ISFAP I would never have been able to prosper as I have this year.
Apart from paying for accommodation and food, ISFAP also provided a laptop (top of the range), textbook allowances, study skill sessions, community learning sessions, tutors and access to psychologist for personal support. This enables us as students to fully focus on our studies. The Project Managers appointed by ISFAP for each field of study funded by ISFAP is like your guardian away from home. The person you can turn to when you need any help – from studies to personal advise.
My experience with ISFAP thus far has been amazing. I have been utilising this opportunity to the fullest and I am so appreciative to be a part of the ISFAP family. ISFAP enriches, empowers and sculpts students for the benefit of the community.