Sanlam recently announced the five recipients of the Sanlam Bursary Scheme for the 2021 academic year. The five students are currently pursuing their tertiary education in the fields of economics, marketing, informatics, human resources management and software development at the three main universities in the country.
As part of the company’s corporate social responsibility programme, Sanlam has been awarding students with bursaries for the past 19 years. The bursary programme has benefited over 50 students since it was first introduced in 2002. The Sanlam bursary scheme aims to reward well-performing Namibian students from disadvantaged backgrounds studying at Namibian universities with an opportunity to pursue their education. The bursary scheme further aims to make a meaningful contribution to the country by developing the much-needed skills in the fields of accounting and finance, IT, marketing, human resources, business administration, legal and actuarial science.
The Sanlam bursaries are awarded on merit after an extensive search and interview process with potential candidates. Over two-hundred applications were received for the 2021 Sanlam bursary. The students who emerged successful and will receive full support for their tuition fees are Eva Ngivelwa (Marketing Management, IUM, Walvis Bay Campus), Obby Siyayo (Science: Software Development, UNAM, Windhoek Campus), Webster Mainga (Human Resources Management, IUM, Windhoek Campus), Marlyn Jagger (Informatics, NUST), and Halleluiah Ndimulunde (Economics, NUST).
Sanlam manager for marketing and communication, Hilaria Graig, said “despite the challenging times we now find ourselves in due to the current global pandemic, we at Sanlam understand that now more than ever is the time for us to hold hands and plough back into our communities”.
Graig encouraged the students to take their studies seriously and work hard to achieve their individual set goals, saying that at the end of the day, each student will reap what they sow.
Graig added that the Sanlam bursary can open many doors for students as it has for previous recipients.
“Some of our bursary students have gone on to establish their own businesses, where they they’ve created employment for others. Others are working in various sectors, including government institutions, and some now work as permanent employees in various departments within Sanlam”. The next call for bursary applications will be announced through the press at the end of November.