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THE SUGAR INDUSTRY TRUST FUND FOR EDUCATION (SITFE)

The Sugar Industry Trust Fund for Education (SITFE) was launched in 1965 as a private sector initiative aimed at assisting dependants of people associated with the sugar industry. In its 53 year history, SITFE has supported a broad spectrum of educational projects ranging from bursaries, infrastructure development, learner and educator development initiatives to literacy and arts and culture projects. A bursary does not have to be repaid.

Current Bursaries being advertised

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Science (specify major(s)
  • Agriculture (specify major(s)
  • Children of Sugar Cane Farmers (Any field of Study)

TYPES OF BURSARIES AVAILABLE

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BURSARIES AWARDED BY FUNDING

Student Funding administered bursaries are usually awarded after Registration to financially needy applicants whose …?

CONTRACT BURSARY

A contract bursary is usually offered by a Company or organisation as part of their Human Resource initiative and entails working for the Donor for at least one year for every year sponsored (at the normal salary applicable to the job).

EXTERNAL TRUSTS ADMINISTERED BY STUDENT FUNDING

SITFE acknowledges with gratitude NSFAS (National Student Financial Aid Scheme). You are automatically considered for these bursaries when you apply for Financial Aid according to the policies and parameters operating at the time of application and the specific criteria of the Donor. Disadvantaged applicants and first years from sugarcane growing areas, where mills and sugar industry administrative infrastructure are located, receive preference.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS SITFE?

The Sugar Industry Trust Fund for Education (SITFE) was launched in 1965 as a private sector initiative aimed at assisting dependants of people associated with the sugar industry.

In its 53 year history, SITFE has supported a broad spectrum of educational projects ranging from bursaries, infrastructure development, learner and educator development initiatives to literacy and arts and culture projects.

UNIVERSITY BURSARIES

WHO CAN APPLY?
  • Applicants from the sugarcane growing provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga
  • Bursaries are only available for studies at the University of Cape Town, University of Witwatersrand, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Zululand, University Stellenbosch, University of Pretoria, University of Johannesburg, University of the Western Cape, University of Fort Hare, Rhodes University, University of Mpumalanga and Sol Plaatje University
  • Applicants must be either:
    – Registered or have applied in the following disciplines, Science, Engineering, Agriculture, or
    – The child of a sugarcane farm worker who is registered or has applied for any field of study
  • Applicants must be South African citizens
  • Disadvantaged applicants and first years from sugarcane growing areas, where mills and sugar industry administrative infrastructure are located will receive preference.
SPECIAL NOTE: Participation in and contribution to the tertiary and community life will be favorably considered.
CLOSING DATE: Wednesday, 31 October 2018

UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY BURSARIES

WHO CAN APPLY?
  • Applicants from the sugarcane growing provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga
  • Bursaries are only available for studies at Durban University of Technology, Mangosuthu University of Technology, Tshwane University of Technology
  • Applicants must be either:
    – Registered or have applied in the following disciplines, Science, Engineering, Agriculture, or
    – The child of a sugarcane farm worker who is registered or has applied for any field of study
  • Applicants must be South African citizens
  • Disadvantaged applicants and first years from sugarcane growing areas, where mills and sugar industry administrative infrastructure are located will receive preference.
SPECIAL NOTE: Participation in and contribution to the tertiary and community life will be favorably considered.
CLOSING DATE: Wednesday, 31 October 2018

AGRICULTURAL BURSARIES

WHO CAN APPLY?
  • Applicants from the sugarcane growing provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga
  • Bursaries are only available for studies at the University of Cape Town, University of Witwatersrand, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of Zululand, University Stellenbosch, University of Pretoria, University of Johannesburg, University of the Western Cape, University of Fort Hare, Rhodes University, University of Mpumalanga and Sol Plaatje University
  • Applicants must be either:
    – Registered or have applied in the following disciplines, Science, Engineering, Agriculture, or
    – The child of a sugarcane farm worker who is registered or has applied for any field of study
  • Applicants must be South African citizens
  • Disadvantaged applicants and first years from sugarcane growing areas, where mills and sugar industry administrative infrastructure are located will receive preference.
SPECIAL NOTE: Participation in and contribution to the tertiary and community life will be favorably considered.
CLOSING DATE: Wednesday, 31 October 2018
For bursaries at Owen Sithole College, write to:

Owen Sithole Agricultural Bursaries
Sugar Industry Trust Fund for Education
c/o South African Sugar Association
PO Box 700
Mount Edgecombe
4300

In its 53 year history, SITFE has supported a broad spectrum of educational projects ranging from bursaries, infrastructure development, learner and educator development initiatives to literacy and arts and culture projects.

Study Assistance Programme

the sugar industry’s flagship programme

The study assistance programme continues to enjoy significant industry and external stakeholder support and recognition. This programme is regarded as the sugar industry’s flagship programme and key mechanism to assist government to redress inequalities in the field of science, agriculture and engineering.

SITFE is proud to include amongst its alumni a number of South Africa’s prominent leaders including Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Bonginkosi “Blade” Nzimande; Judge President of the Western Cape, John Hlophe and KZN MEC of Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo. Treasurer-General of the ANC, Dr Zweli Mkhize and his wife Dr May Mashego also received assistance from SITFE for their high school education.

The objective of the programme is to increase the number of high potential learners from disadvantaged backgrounds with access to quality education and training in the field of agriculture, science and engineering at tertiary institutions. SITFE awards a maximum of 41 full bursaries on an annual basis.

Merit & Non-merit bursary

There are 16 University bursaries provided to students on a merit or non-merit basis.

Technology bursary

There are 11 University of Technicon bursaries provided to students on a needs basis.

Agricultural bursary

There are 8 Cedara and Owen Sithole College of Agriculture bursaries provided to students on a need basis.

Children of Farm Workers

There are 6 bursaries provided to children of farm workers who can study any field of study.

WHAT IS SITFE?

The Sugar Industry Trust Fund for Education (SITFE) was launched in 1965 as a private sector initiative aimed at assisting dependants of people associated with the sugar industry.

In its 53 year history, SITFE has supported a broad spectrum of educational projects ranging from bursaries, infrastructure development, learner and educator development initiatives to literacy and arts and culture projects.

WHERE TO STUDY?

Bursaries are only available for studies at:

  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Witwatersrand
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • University of Zululand
  • University Stellenbosch
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of Johannesburg
  • University of the Western Cape
  • University of Fort Hare
  • Rhodes University
  • Durban University of Technology
  • Mangosuthu University of Technology
  • University of Mpumalanga
  • Sol Plaatje University
  • Tshwane University of Technology
  • Owen Sithole College of Agriculture
  • Cedara College of Agriculture

WHO CAN APPLY?

Applicants must be either:

Registered or have applied in the Faculties of Science, Engineering or Agriculture at a University, University of Technology or College of Agriculture.

OR

The child of a sugarcane farm worker who is registered or has applied for any field of study at a University, University of Technology or College of Agriculture.

Disadvantaged applicants and first years from sugarcane growing areas, where mills and sugar industry administrative infrastructure are located, receive preference

In its 53-year history, SITFE has provided bursaries to over 10 200 students, financed school building projects, given assistance to tertiary institutions and has worked closely with specialist educational organizations to improve overall education standards.

INFORMATION AND APPLICATION

 Please download the application forms below.

For the 2019 academic year SITFE may partner with National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). Therefore, in addition to the SITFE application forms it is compulsory to apply on the NSFAS website. Please visit www.nsfas.org.za for online applications.

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