INFORMATION TO STUDENTS
SPEBS was initiated during 1992 by the South African Institute of Civil Engineering Technicians and Technologists (SAICET) and named SPEBS, short for “SAICET Patrons’ Engineering Bursary Scheme”. When SAICET subsequently merged with the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) it was decided that SPEBS would be retained. Currently SPEBS forms an integral part of the SAICE outreach programmes.
AIM AND DETAILS
SPEBS assists financially needy and academically deserving students who study towards the National Diploma or the Degree in Civil Engineering at a South African tertiary institution. Bursaries are awarded to National Diploma students after having passed their first level (S1) examination, and to Degree students after having passed their first year examinations.
Bursaries are granted per semester and are dependent on examination results received. These funds are intended to partially cover registration, tuition and books. We work closely with the various tertiary institutions to identify students. Before funds are released, successful candidates first have to provide us with proof of registration for the intended semester of study at the institution concerned. Bursary cheques are made out to the tertiary institution to be credited to the bursar’s account.
FINANCING THE SCHEME
SPEBS is a non-profit-making venture and is totally dependent on donations. Contributions received since 1992 have been in the form of either donations towards the bursary pool or bursaries to be awarded in the name of the patron company. The scheme is audited annually.
ADVANTAGES FOR PATRON FIRMS
As a contributor to the scheme, a company has access to the pool of students. Although the company as contributor and the student as recipient are, generally speaking, not bound contractually, some companies prefer to have an employment agreement with the student, with obvious advantages both ways.
APPEAL FOR DONATIONS
We believe that SPEBS addresses a real and pressing need and we appeal to you to please contribute to the future of civil engineering in South Africa through our bursary scheme. Presently we award bursaries to a maximum of R5 000 per student per semester, but any donation, however small, will be gratefully accepted. Should you wish to become a patron of our scheme, we kindly request that cheques be made payable to SPEBS.
SPEBS CONTACT DETAILS:
SAICE – SPEBS Desk
Contact person: Denver Siebritz
E-mail: [email protected]a
Tel: 011 805 5947 (Office hours)
Fax: 011 805 5971
Private Bag X200