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Applications open for renewable energy scholarships

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Applications for the Globeleq Scholarship Fund, a flagship scholarship programme of the renewable energy industry, are open for the upcoming 2024 academic year.

APPLICATIONS for the Globeleq Scholarship Fund (GSF), a flagship scholarship programme of the renewable energy industry, are open 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, with a keen focus on the Northern Cape Province.

The scholarship is available to students pursuing any degree, diploma or certificate course within a 50km radius of solar PV plants belonging to De Aar Solar Power, Droogfontein Solar Power, Konkoonsies Solar Power (all in the Northern Cape), Boshof Solar Power (Free State) and Soutpan Solar Power (Limpopo).

Established nine years ago, at the dawn of the sector, the GSF has already provided support to over 420 students from various communities, with bursaries exceeding R24 million.

By doing so, this tertiary education funding initiative actively contributes to the country’s transformation agenda, the Just Energy Transition and the industry’s pursuit of gender diversity.

The GSF aims to allocate a budget of approximately R4 million per year and is open nationally to applicants pursuing national diplomas or BTech degrees in mechatronic, mechanical or electrical engineering.

Focusing on the Northern Cape, the fund also includes an ‘Other Sciences’ category, which is open to students studying nursing, education (maths and science), or agriculture in the Province, with priority given to science, technology, engineering, and maths-focused courses.

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.

There has notably been a significant increase from 68% female recipients in 2022 to 92% in 2023, demonstrating the GSF’s commitment to empowering women in engineering.

The economic development director for Globeleq South Africa Management Services, Hlengiwe Radebe, explained that the education fund fulfils multiple objectives by supporting 100% black youth and predominantly female beneficiaries.

“We aim not only to advance the renewable energy industry, but also to inspire other sectors in their efforts to contribute to our country’s developmental agenda,” said Radebe.

The Globeleq Scholarship Fund’s overarching goal is to develop the necessary skills for the renewable energy industry while fostering the long-term sustainability of the communities in which the organisation operates nationwide.

“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 deadline for applications is 30 November 2023.

Interested candidates can apply online at www.globeleq.auraams.app and contact ‘[email protected]’ for further information.

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