DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS

Agri Bursary Project

 

At a gala event which took place on campus on 29 October 2009, the Department  of Agricultural Economics of the University of the Free State celebrated its 50th anniversary and could proudly look back on 50 years’ training of students in research, government, banking and agri-business environments.  Subsequently, the department used the celebration of 50 years of excellence to take another major step forward by introducing a new bursary project.  Agri-businesses/organizations were invited to become involved in this bursary project, enabling organizations to reach some of the top students with the view to their future employment.  Apart from identifying promising students during their studies and getting to know them, this project also enables agri-businesses to employ students during holidays to familiarize them with the relevant organization and enable them to obtain the necessary skills for further career opportunities.

You are cordially invited to join hands in establishing this bursary scheme and thereby make a valuable contribution to future successes in agriculture in South Africa in particular, as well as the region as a whole.

The basic guidelines of the proposed scheme will entail:

Your organization/agri-business will grant a certain amount for a bursary/donation which will be awarded during a student’s third/fourth year of study (Agricultural Economics as one of the main subjects) and thereafter enabling said student to reach graduate or post-graduate level (In this way you could support more than one student per calendar year);

  • This bursary will be awarded to the most promising student, which will be selected from various interest groups, taking your inputs and recommendations into account with the choice of student by the Departmental Chairman. Your involvement in this bursary scheme might even form part of your BEE training and thus generate a tax reduction;

  • The bursary holder will receive a monthly allowance of approximately ±R3,250 (= R40,000 per year) from your organization/business (This will be administered conscientiously by the Department Agricultural Economics). The balance of this amount to be utilized for the purchase of academic books and copies of study material, etc;

  • He/she will be appointed as Research Assistant in the Department;

  • With this appointment as Student Assistant/Research Assistant, said student will qualify for a UFS Board Bursary, meaning that his/her further studies will /can be discounted and he/she will work directly uner departmental supervision;

  • During university holidays said student can work in your organization/business to gain valuable appropriate experience in the workplace;

  • The student might even form part of a project team, working on a relevant agricultural economic issue (which might prove beneficial to your organization);

    On successfully completing his/her final year and obtaining a B.Sc. Agric/B. Agric degree, or after obtaining a Hons. degree, said student will already be completely at home and conversant with circumstances and proceedings within your business/organization.If necessary, a contract compelling the student to work a specified period for the particular agri-business could be drawn up.

  • This bursary will be deposited into a special entity of the University and will be administered meticulously, with reports regarding the student and the funds sent to you on a semester basis.

  • Prominent exposure will be given to the organization/agri-business awarding the bursary.

If, on the other hand, you might not be interested in becoming involved in the student/bursary scheme, you can consider the option to donate an amount into a central Agricultural Economic Fund, from which bursaries could be granted to eligible students, where your organization will benefit from the subsequent exposure and publicity.

Please contact  Ina Combrinck (Tel: +27 51 401 9518) if you are interested in our bursary scheme, to enable us to identify eligible students and to make the necessary arrangements with you for the announcement of the bursaries.

Proud sponsors of this program since 2008


SILOSTRAT (PTY) LTD; NEW HOLLAND AGRICULTURE: VEEPLAAS (PLAAS PUBLISHING CC):

ITAU MILLING (PTY) LTD:AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH COUNCIL:TWK AGRICULTURE LTD:

SENWES BEPERK: PROTEIN RESEARCH FOUNDATION:BRAHMAN BEESTELERSGENOOTSKAP VAN SA:

GRASSLAND AGRICULTURE (Pty) LTD: VKB GROUP; SUIDWES LANDBOU (PTY) LTD;GWK ;JOHN DEERE FINANCE;

BKB BEPERK; ROOIVLEIS PRODUSENTE ORGANISASIE; ITAU MILLING; WILDEKLAWER; BEEFMASTER; PIONEER FOODS;

ABSA AGRI-BUSINESS; CORPORATE GUARANTEE SOUTH AFRICA

                                                 

Who can apply?

  • a) The applicant must be a South African citizen
  • b) Must be in possession of a South African bar-coded identity document
  • c) One of your main subjects must be Agricultural Economics
  • d) Average in ALL subjects should at least be 60%
  • e) Proof of leadership qualities/skills


When can I apply?

Closing date for application forms: 1-30 September

NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED

Where can I find the application form?

Department of Agricultural Economics
Room 1.102 - First Floor
Agriculture Building
Contact person: Ina Combrinck
T: +27 51 401 9518

What to bring along when I submit my application form and to whom should it be submitted?

  • Two certified copies of your ID
  • Recent academic results

FACULTY CONTACT

Faculty Manager: Ms Lee-Ann Frazenburg
T: +27 51 401 3199
E: damonsle@ufs.ac.za

Marketing Manager: Mrs Elfrieda Lötter
T: +27 51 401 2531
E: lottere@ufs.ac.za

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