Success of a scholarship scheme for rural students
Objectives. To determine the perceptions of FOMSS-supported graduates with regard to the factors leading to success at university/technical college.
Method: All graduates from the 1999 - 2002 cohort of students awarded a scholarship by the FOMSS were invited to participate. Focus group discussions or free-attitude interviews were conducted, followed by a self-administered questionnaire.
Results. Twenty-four students from Umkhanyakude district supported by the FOMSS have graduated. Eighteen are working in the district, 1 has died, 2 have completed their contract time, 1 is doing further studies and 2 are completing their internships. Factors contributing to their success include personal motivation, support at university, and holiday work experience.
Conclusions. Despite educational challenges, students from rural areas are able to succeed at tertiary institutions and will return to work in rural districts. District hospitals can play an important role in the selection and support of rural origin students.
Andrew J Ross,
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Date published: 2007-11-22
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