Giving to Rhodes University Trust USA
Type of Gifts
- Unrestricted - Allows Rhodes University to use funds to support current needs.
- Restricted - Allow donor to request gift to go to specific cause.
- Endowment - Minimum gift of $500k allows donor to pay tribute. Principal is preserved and all or part of income is used to support purpose as designated by donor.
Gift of Assets
Funds are solicited from Old Rhodians in the United States (over 400 people are currently listed in our database) and from American foundations interested in supporting education in South Africa. Over the years, fundraising efforts have helped with:
- Scholarships and bursaries for disadvantaged students
- Library projects
- Purchase of computer equipment for residences
More recently, some of the most significant disbursements have gone to the following:
- South East Academic Library Systems (SEALs) Project - $1.2 million
- Rhodes University Centenary Campaign – $100,000
- Sports Trust - $100,000
- Alumni House Project - $50,000
View complete history of donation disbursements » (1993-2006)
Manager of Alumni Relations at Rhodes University.
How is Rhodes handling and prioritizing the growing
number of financial aid requests from students?
- Sound academic performance
- Proven financial need
- Willingness to make a minimal financial commitment to the University to pay fees
- Mostly South African citizens
- Signing of the acknowledgement of debt in instances where the family is unable
to settle fees in full by the end of the academic year. This is done to ensure that
academically sound students are permitted to progress to the next academic
level so that the University is able to collect the funds once they have graduated
and secured permanent employment.
In addition to the above the University’s Isivivane Fund makes it possible for the
University to tap into new money predominantly from the government SETAs which was
not the case in the past. In the previous academic year R7.3 million was raised via
Isivivane from the various SETAs to assist 64 students with funding ranging from
R80,000 to full funding.
The Vice-Chancellor also provides a guarantee for students with strong academic
performance for them to be able to register. The guarantee is not in monetary terms but
rather a waiver for them to be able to register on the strength of their academic
performance. During the course of the academic year some of those students are able to
secure full funding through our fundraising efforts.
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We would like to recognize and thank the following U.S.-based alumni for their 2008/2009 contributions to the Rhodes University Trust and specific projects, programs and bursaries at Rhodes University in Grahamstown:
- Tanya Accone
- St Claire Adriaan
- Paul J. Andersson
- Sherwin Bryce-Pease
- Gareth Howell
- Lesley Mackellar
- Ian McGregor
- Donovan Neale-May
- Cathrine Nelson
- Adriane Parsons
- Marcus Swanepoel
- Marsha Torr
- Gerrit Verschuur