Western Cape Dentistry Student Awarded R30 000 Study Grant

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BYLINE: staff writer

Imaan Roomaney, a 21-year-old dentistry student from the University of the Western Cape, has been awarded the R30 000 Professional Provident Society (PPS) Chairman's Scholarship at a ceremony in Johannesburg.

The award is given annually by PPS, an insurance company that caters specifically to graduate professionals.

Since 1999, the company has awarded more than R1.5 million in scholarships and bursaries to students studying towards a professional career at South African universities. They will award 20 bursaries of R10 000 each for 2009, to be announced at a later stage.

PPS CEO Mike Jackson explains that while the scholarships are awarded on academic performance, bursaries are granted on the basis of financial need, first and foremost.

"Our scholarships are unique in that they have no strings attached. There is no obligation on the recipient to join the society later on, although we do of course hope that once graduated and in a practice of his or her own, they will realise the value of our benefits," he says.

Roomaney was chosen from 200 applicants, narrowed down to three finalists, who were subjected to a panel interview before the winner was chosen. The other finalists were Kirsten Gouws, a final-year physiotherapy student at Tukkies, and Pervashni Padayichi, a microbiology student from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. …