Gift of the Givers offers bursaries in agriculture

2010-01-29 00:00

UNDERGRADUATE applicants who have their sights set on agriculture studies at the University of KwaZuluNatal (UKZN) have an opportunity to apply for the Gift of the Givers (GoG) Agricultural Bursary and Scholarship awards.

Between 2006 and 2009, the scheme awarded bursaries and scholarships to the total value of R1,3 million and this year the GoG Foundation has pledged an additional R500 000 to extend the scheme.

Nomonde Mbadi, UKZN’s executive director of corporate relations, said the initial pledge on this four-year partnership between GoG and UKZN’s School of Agricultural Sciences (SASA) at the Pietermaritzburg campus, has been used as seed capital to set-up the fund. But by the end of last year, 29 students had benefited with parts of the scholarships and bursaries going towards their tuition.

GoG CEO Dr Imtiaz Sooliman said he has been impressed with the calibre and commitment of the awardees.

With agricultural skills identified as one of the scarce skills in the country through the 2005 National Strategic Plan for Agriculture in South Africa, Mbadi said their school of Agricultural Sciences has, in turn, set up structures such as the SASA Scholarships Committee to administer the award of scholarships under the Gift of the Givers Scholarship and Bursary fund. They are also going to co-ordinate the mobilisation of additional resources to support and sustain bursaries and scholarships within the School.

Undergraduate students interested in applying for the GoG scholarship or bursary should contact Brendan Boyce, the manager for the School of Agricultural Science and Agribusiness on 033 260 6075 or boyceb@ukzn.ac.za.

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