NamPower, through its bursary scheme, has invested more than N$2m to undergraduates and postgraduates for the past 10 years, to pursue studies in various fields within and beyond the borders.
This year, the power utility has handed over bursaries to 20 students for the just-started academic year. The chief officer of corporate services, Isac Tjombonde said last week during a handover ceremony they were not only giving out bursaries but also celebrating the students’ hard work, sacrifices and commitments to their education during the 2013 academic year.
“This scheme has been in existence for many years now. We have invested millions annually to provide new bursaries to undergraduates and a limited number of postgraduate, young, aspiring Namibian students who wish to pursue studies in various fields,” he said.
The scheme has, over the years, supported students in the fields of engineering, information technology, environmental science, accounting, education (mathematics and science) and law, among others.
While NamPower had received 626 bursary applications across the country for the current academic year, only 20 applicants were awarded bursaries to study in Namibia or in other Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) countries.
“The selection process is always vigorous. It considers a number of factors, such as academic performance, financial need and the minimum entry requirements for admission to tertiary institutions, among others. This is indeed a daunting process for the NamPower bursary committee, as there are so many deserving learners, yet we can only accommodate a small number,” said Tjombonde.
Of all the just-awarded bursaries, 17 are for undergraduates, three are for postgraduates while three have gone to those with disabilities.
“It is now up to you, students, to dedicate yourselves and your time constructively towards the successful completion of your studies. Now you have an even bigger responsibility of giving your all to your studies to successfully completing them and getting counted among the best professionals in the country while contributing productively to the economy. You owe it to yourselves, our country, your families and NamPower.”
Many NamPower-sponsored students have completed their studies in the past and have taken up prominent professional and leadership positions within NamPower and in other sectors of the Namibian economy while some are still furthering their studies. One such person is Jozanne Klazen who is currently undertaking her Master’s in law in South Africa.
“If you are passionate about something, you will prevail. University is different from high school; you can memorise high school books but you cannot do the same for university literature. Meaning, you have to put in that extra effort to prevail. You must also define yourself once you are about to pass the university gate, just to redefine why you are there and what you want to achieve in future,” Klazen said in a motivational speech to the new bursary recipients.