SAMAC BURSARY SCHEME

BACKGROUND

The Southern African Macadamia Growers’ Association (SAMAC) is comprised of macadamia nut growers, processors and marketers.

Our mission is to lead the development of a profitable and sustainable industry in the common interests of members through technical and marketing innovation.

Our goals are to:

 

AIM OF THE BURSARY

To assist previously disadvantaged students wishing to pursue a career in the Macadamia industry in South Africa.  To this end, financial assistance will be provided to students studying towards a BSc [Agric], preferably majoring in Horticultural Science.

 

DURATION OF BURSARY

For any one student, the bursary will be available for a maximum of two years.  If a student is awarded the bursary for the first time, he/she will not automatically qualify for the bursary for the next year. Third and fourth year students will receive preference.

 

OBLIGATION OF RECIPIENT TO THE MACADAMIA INDUSTRY

Students awarded a bursary by SAMAC will be required to work for SAMAC for a period of one year for each year that the bursary is awarded, provided that a position is available. If no position is available at SAMAC or one of SAMAC affiliated companies at the time that the recipient completes his/her degree, there will be no obligation to SAMAC or its affiliated companies. Should the recipient not accept a job offer from one of the companies affiliated to SAMAC at the time of completing his/her degree, he/she will be required to pay back the bursary in full within three months.

Recipients of the bursary will be required to focus their seminars and projects on macadamia nuts where possible.

 

RECIPIENTS WISHING TO CONTINUE WITH POSTGRADUATE STUDIES

Recipients wishing to continue with a postgraduate degree will be allowed to do so provided that the research to be carried out will further equip the student to effectively serve the Macadamia industry as an employee of SAMAC.

 

APPLICATION

Applications should be forwarded to the offices of SUBTROP, not later than 31 October.  Applicants should supply the following minimum information:-

Name
Student Number [proof of university registration] Postal address
Email address
Telephone number
University name, postal address, email address
Name of your department head and a brief motivation from him/her in support of your application.
Past academic performance:- subjects and symbols achieved.
Any applicable work experience
Names and contact details of 3 references [in addition to your departmental head]

 

Send applications to:-

The SAMAC Bursary Scheme
c/o SAMAC
PO Box 866
Tzaneen   0850
Email: bonnie@subtrop.co.za
Tel: 015-307 3676

BURSARY AWARDS AND PENALTIES

All applications will be evaluated by a panel appointed by the SAMAC Committee.  Applicants will be advised of the panel’s decision not later than 31 March annually.  Successful applicants will be required to sign a contractual agreement with SAMAC.

The value of the bursary award will be dependent on each individual case and will be reviewed annually.

If a recipient does not pass the course for which the bursary has been awarded, he/she will be required to pay back the bursary over a maximum period of 2 years, repayment commencing at the beginning of the year after the year in which the bursary was awarded.

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