John Beaver Marks Educational Trust Bursary Programme 2019 – 2020

June 27, 2019

The John Beaver Marks Education Trust Bursary Programme is calling on deserving and talented individuals to apply for its bursary progamme for 2020. Read on below for further information about this bursary opportunity.

Established in 1997 by the NUM, the JB Marks Education Trust Fund aims to enable its members (including their dependents), particularly graduates who are pursuing a career in the mining sector and other related industries. The organization is named after John Beaver Marks, an activist who fought against mineworker exploitation and advocated the power of education in fighting off poverty.

In its first year of existence, the JB Marks Foundation was able to help 53 beneficiaries and has expanded rapidly through the years. By 2017, the Fund had become 100% fully self-administered.

The JB Marks Education Trust Fund Bursary Programme

The fund offers financial support to students who are unable to afford to put themselves through school in pursuit of a professional and fulfilling career in the mining sectors and other related industries. The fund extends bursary assistance to as many deserving students it can depending on fund availability. Today, it helps support 200 undergraduates and 50 postgraduates a year.

Coverage of the bursary includes:

  • Tuition fee
  • Registration fee
  • Textbooks
  • Exams
  • Meals
  • Extra tutor lessons
  • Capacity building programmes
  • Accommodation

The bursary is normally awarded to individuals pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate studies. However, it is also given to learners in Grades 10 to 12 in special cases.

Career Options

The JB Marks Educational Trust Fund provides mentorship or any form of support needed by the bursar for professional development. In addition, graduating bursars are highly encouraged to an exit workshop with the aim of preparing them for work life. The organization does not guarantee permanent work at the end of the bursary period.

Requirements or Eligibility

You must meet the following basic requirements to be able to qualify:

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate students taking up a field of study related to mining
  • Financially constrained to continue studies
  • Must be a South African student; although bursaries are extended to deserving students from other regions
  • Must not be a beneficiary of any other programme

 How to Apply

Candidates who meet the following minimum requirements can apply in two ways:

  • Secure an application form the nearest National Union of Mineworkers office
  • Fill out the online application form
  • Do not email your application (for undergraduate students)

Make sure to include the following supporting documents as incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Certified copy of scholastic records
  • Certified copy of ID (applicant and union member)
  • Payslip of union member
  • Letter of acceptance from the university or college
  • For postgraduate students, a 1,000-word letter of motivation is required

Apply online by clicking on this link:


Note: Link may not work if the application had already been closed.

Alternatively, applications may be sent by post to:

PO Box 2424
Johannesburg 2001

Postgraduate students may send their applications only via email to: refilwem@jbmarksedutrust.co.za

Opening and Closing Dates

Deadline for submission of applications for undergraduate applications is on 1 July 2019.

For postgraduate students, applications are open by the last week of August and closes on the last week of November.

Contact Information

For questions regarding the bursary programme, send an email to info@jbmarksedutrust.co.za

or call +27 11 492 0601 

JB Marks Online Application Form

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