RENEWABLE ENERGY SCHOLARSHIP BOOSTS ACCESS TO TERTIARY EDUCATION
The Globeleq Scholarship Fund (GSF), the flagship scholarship programme of the renewable energy industry, is delighted to announce the opening of applications for the upcoming 2024 academic year. As a leading provider of funded scholarships nationwide, the GSF is dedicated to supporting specific communities within the renewable energy map.
Since its establishment nine years ago, the GSF has extended support to over 420 students from diverse communities, awarding bursaries exceeding R24 million. This tertiary education funding initiative plays an active role in contributing to the country’s transformation agenda, the Just Energy Transition, and the industry’s commitment to promoting gender diversity.
Over the past three years, the GSF has exclusively awarded scholarships to 100% black youth, with female recipients accounting for 71% since the programme’s inception in 2014. Notably, there has been a significant increase from 68% (2022) to 92% (2023) female recipients, demonstrating the GSF’s commitment to empowering women in engineering.
“This education fund fulfils multiple objectives by supporting 100% black youth and predominantly female beneficiaries. We aim not just to advance the renewable energy industry, but also to inspire other sectors in their efforts to contribute to our country’s developmental agenda,” says Hlengiwe Radebe, Economic Development Director for Globeleq South Africa Management services.
Radebe further emphasizes the expansive reach of the Globeleq Scholarship Fund, stating, “As the programme matured it broadened its horizons to grown alongside our operational footprint. By extending opportunities to students from all nine provinces, we are granting hope to those who struggle to finance their studies.”
The GSF employs a unique and comprehensive approach to funding, focusing not solely on academic achievements but also on financial need, students’ locations, and gender. This approach showcases the GSF’s dedication to bolstering the ranks of women engineers in the country and in the sector as a whole.
The GSF aims to allocate a budget of approximately R4 million per year and has an overarching goal to develop the necessary skills for the renewable energy industry while fostering the long-term sustainability of the communities in which the organization operates nationwide.
The Fund is open nationally to applicants pursuing national diplomas or BTech degrees in mechatronic, mechanical, or electrical engineering in addition to other categories to meet the needs of communities across the country.
The deadline for applications is 30 November 2023. Interested candidates can apply online at [www.globeleq.auraams.app] (www.globeleq.auraams.app) and contact <support@auraAMS.app> for further information.
Note: About the Globeleq Scholarship Fund
The Globeleq Scholarship Fund is a leading scholarship programme in the renewable energy industry, dedicated to providing educational opportunities and fostering skills development for a sustainable future. Since its establishment, the Fund has supported numerous students across South Africa, empowering communities while contributing to the country’s transformational agenda.