The well-known Globeleq Scholarship Fund (GSF) has launched its 2023 academic year intake for students residing in the communities located within a 50km radius of Konkoonsies Solar Power, encompassing Pofadder, Onseepkans and Pella.
This scholarship fund has already helped a number of students in these communities to achieve their tertiary education ambitions, in the last eight years.
“This education fund delivers on a number of agendas, by supporting 100% black youth and mostly women beneficiaries from these communities, helping to improve many lives. Furthermore, this tertiary education funding vehicle actively contributes towards the country’s transformation agenda,” said Hlengiwe Radebe, Economic Development Director for Globeleq South Africa Management services and Konkoonies Solar Power.
The GSF Communities fund is open to students who are studying any course and reside in the areas of Pofadder, Onseepkans or Pella, whilst the Scarce Skills fund, funded by Konkoonsies Solar Power’s Socio-Economic Development Programme, and open to applicants across the Northern Cape province, aims to develop skills that will mostly benefit and help develop the province overall, and is focused on nursing, agriculture and education.
The intention is for young people take up the opportunity to study and ultimately impact their communities, as tertiary education will effectively increase the local skills pool.
Rosalie Engelsman, from Pella is one of the local beneficiaries who has received funding assistance as part of this programme. “My plan is to return to Pella and hopefully get a job in a finance department within a Northern Cape business and then set up my own company, to provide services that are currently lacking in the Northern Cape area,” explained Rosalie Engelsman.
The GSF also offers an Engineering fund that is designed to support the renewable energy sector and ensure a pipeline of qualified talent. It is offered nationally through institutions offering and students studying mechatronic or electrical engineering.
The GSF utilises a less conventional and holistic approach to funding, by typically not only focusing on academic achievement, but rather on financial need, location of the students and gender to demonstrate its commitment to increase the cache of women engineers in the country and to the sector.
Bursary beneficiaries receive tuition fees, travel and accommodation costs, book allowances and even a stipend. The closing date for applications is 31 October 2022 and is available for degrees, certificates or TVET college courses. To apply visit http://globeleq.auraams.app/