- Local somatology student Palesa Motaung is the recipient of the global Cidesco International and Babor Student Scholarship Programme
- Palesa said she feels blessed for being the recipient of the scholarship
- Somatology involves assisting others in improving their aesthetic appearance and wellness in various ways
A somatology student from the Central University of Technology (CUT) based in Bloemfontein, Free State is the recipient of the global Cidesco International and Babor Student Scholarship Programme.
Cidesco International, a popular beauty and education association, partnered with Babor, a German luxury skincare company, to offer Palesa Motaung this scholarship. Palesa said with regards to the scholarship:
"I feel blessed above all else. When I think about the financial challenges that I have faced since my first year and the sacrifices that my parents made, being able to tell them about the scholarship was a moment I will always carry with me."
In her journey to becoming a somatologist, Palesa took a gap year after school before enrolling for a course in primary healthcare at a local college. In her second year, she realised that this was not the career she wanted.
At the end of her third year, Palesa applied for somatology and got accepted. According to DUT, somatology involves assisting others in improving their aesthetic appearance and wellness through information and practice of healthy lifestyle habits, product use and clinical treatments.
"Somatology allows me to help people without putting my own emotional health at risk. It isn’t about changing an individual but about working on what is already there and improving on it," she said
In similar news, Briefly.co.za recently reported on a smart local Master's student who landed a scholarship in Hungary. A young South African lady, Anathi Sokhetye from a small village in the Eastern Cape called Matatiale, has made South Africa very proud after she recently jetted off to Hungary in Europe to pursue her Master's in Business Development.
This comes after she received a scholarship. The scholarship was made possible by combined efforts from both the South African and Hungarian governments. They began the wonderful scholarship programme in 2017; this year, Anathi Sokhetye is the lucky recipient out of 101 other students who had applied to receive the scholarship.
Anathi will be finishing her Master's with the scholarship, which will cover her tuition, accommodation and will also give her a stipend and settling allowance. All her flight costs will also be covered.
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