What a year 2015 was… And what a stunning end to the year with some of our scholarship recipients matriculating and achieving great results.
Last year 55 learners in Grade 12 had received scholarships. This, is, in addition, to support programmes at a school level to boost the interest and understanding of science and maths. Several thousand learners in a number of provinces are beneficiaries of this programme.
Bursaries go to those who have excellent results at school. An overall average of 75% is a requirement as well as getting the same percentage for maths, physical science and English.
The scholarship programme pays for school fees, book and stationary costs, as well as school and sports uniforms. SANRAL also arranges for learners to attend beneficial extra-curricular activities.
The programme was initiated with the aim of providing sponsorships for learners with an aptitude for maths and science and creates opportunities for students who want to proceed to tertiary studies.
It creates a pipeline to develop and nurture young talent which will one day make important contributions to the built environment – specifically in the fields of road infrastructure development, intelligent transport systems and civil engineering.
Some of these learners will receive SANRAL bursaries and go to university. These cover their tuition and registration fees, accommodation and meals, books and equipment plus compulsory excursions and seminars as well as a living allowance.
The bursary programme is very comprehensive, offering among other things, invaluable work experience during study breaks and an employment pipeline for when the students graduate.