Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has become an integral and accepted part of everyday life for many people. This trend is expected to continue to the extent that ICT literacy will become a functional requirement for Peoples work, social and personal lives. It is because of this critical role that the ICT sector plays and will continue to play which has prompted both the Public and Private sector to invest in tertiary ICT education. One private sector business organisation playing a key role in this regard is Vodacom.
Vodacom Bursary Scheme
Vodacom has committed itself to addressing the ICT skills shortage in South Africa by offering fifty students with bursaries annually to study in fields where there are skills shortages. Since inception in 1999, approximately 1,000 bursaries have been awarded. Priority for this bursary is given to top achieving students from disadvantaged communities.
This bursary has placed special focus on fields of study such as Engineering and Operations which comprises of Electronic Engineering and Information Technology which has BSc Computer Science, BSc Computer Engineering or Information Systems.
Prospective applicants for this prestigious bursary must be South African citizens, be ready to undertake full-time undergraduate studies in a South African tertiary institution, be a member of a family whose household income does not exceed R150,000 per year, must pass grade 12 with exemption, must obtain a minimum “C” symbol in both Mathematics and Science higher grade, must be younger than 25 years. This bursary also allows for students who are already in a tertiary institution but in the first year to apply.
Prospective applicants can download the bursary application form on-line or call 0116535000.