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SBM Scholarship Scheme

THE SBM EDUCATION FUND

The SBM Scholarship Scheme for bright and needy students operates under The SBM Education Fund. It reflects our firm belief in an egalitarian and inclusive society, where adequate support is extended to those in need, and who definitely have the potential to excel in their field of study. SBM not only wants to empower vulnerable groups but also to move closer to the aim of empowerment, which is to provide tools and opportunities to those in need so that they may achieve employability.

It is with this spirit that the SBM Scholarship Scheme for bright and needy students has been set up. It is a known fact that education and training are the best means to move up the social ladder as well as break the vicious circle of poverty. Children from low income families have a tendency to stop schooling at a relatively early age, mainly because of lack of money to pursue further studies. Many of such children actually need to work to support their family. They are employed in lower paid and seasonal jobs, a situation that reinforces the vicious circle of poverty. Viewed on a national scale, our commitment to education goes in the direction of supporting the most precious resource that we have, our human capital.

With our SBM Scholarship Scheme we aim to provide an opportunity to bright students from low-income households to pursue their studies so that they may aspire to a brighter future.

Running as an annual programme, the SBM Scholarship Scheme contributes at a national level in the fight against poverty while improving the quality of the country's labour force.

Launched in 2010, the SBM Scholarship Scheme has to date awarded 1035 scholarships to bright and needy students, including 27 from Rodrigues Island. This makes of SBM the single largest provider of scholarships in the Republic of Mauritius.

The SBM Scholarship Scheme has 2 categories:

    1) Tertiary sector
    2) Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) sector

To read more on the SBM Scholarship Scheme for the Tertiary sector, please click here

To read more on the SBM Scholarship Scheme for the Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) sector being run at the Mauritius Institute of Training and Development (MITD), please click here

To benefit from this scheme, students should be attending or be admitted in full-time undergraduate courses at post secondary institutions in Mauritius, recognised by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) or be attending / admitted in a full-time award course at the Mauritius Institute of Training and Development (MITD). Scholarships are awarded to meritorious students who come from a family with a household income not exceeding Rs 15,000 per month. In order to support measures to eradicate absolute poverty in Mauritius, a special consideration is being given to meritorious students who come from a family with a household income not exceeding Rs 6,200 per month and registered either at the National Empowerment Foundation or at the Social Register of Mauritius.

Candidates wishing to apply for the scholarship must:

  • be citizens and residents of the Republic of Mauritius,
  • meet the minimum entry requirements of the course proposed (e.g. a good HSC or equivalent for degree courses)
  • come from a family whose household income does not exceed Rs 15,000 monthly
  • NOT be children of SBM employees
  • NOT have benefited from any other scholarship for the same course / programme
  • be aged less than 25

Students from Rodrigues and disabled students are also amongst the beneficiaries.

For its fourth edition in 2013, SBM has provided 442 scholarships - 193 scholarships for the Tertiary sector and 249 scholarships for the Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) sector.

For its fifth edition in 2014, SBM has announced more than 400 scholarships - around 200 scholarships for the Tertiary sector and another 200 scholarships will be provided to the Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) sector. The submission of applications was 29 August 2014.

During the various editions, some of our beneficiaries were quoted saying:

«I am indeed very grateful that I was awarded the SBM Scholarship Award in 2010 . As a financial support, it has allowed me to be one step closer to my goal without any financial concern to worry about. This has further motivated me to excel in my tertiary studies at the University of Mauritius and finally I graduated with a First Class with Honors Degree in Chemical and Environmental engineering. I am presently employed as a Training Coordinator at Team Synthesis. I wish to heartily thank the SBM team for recognising the importance of education.»

Youvina Agarsing - (Mahebourg) - July 2014

«Je tiens à remercier la SBM Education Fund d'avoir financé mes trois années d'études l'Université de Maurice. C'est une très bonne initiative de la part de la SBM de financer les études des personnes dont leur famille n'ont pas les moyen de financement. Grâce à cela, j'ai pu terminer mes trois années d'études et à la clé, obtenir une License en Agriculture, qui me permettra à la longue de pouvoir espérer trouver un très bon emploi dans mon domaine respectif. Je travaille actuellement à Prince Tuna comme technicien de Laboratoire.»

Joey Mitchell Van Schellebeck - (Roche Bois) - July 2014

«All parents strive to give their child what they did not get and achieve what they have not been able to. Not only SBM has provided me with the necessary funds to pay my University fees but has also given me the opportunity to work for their respected institution and start my career path. I will be forever grateful to SBM for making so many dreams come true.»

Yovish Jahul - (St Paul) - July 2014

«For the numerous students around the country who feel hopeless at the thought of not being able to afford higher education, I would like to let them know that financial matters can no longer hold them back. This unique SBM Scholarship Scheme is here to help students realise their dreams to pursue further studies so that they may aspire to a brighter future. I therefore highly encourage them to apply for this scholarship.»

Medha Hareeram (Goodlands) - July 2013

«Grâce à cette bourse d'études, je n'ai eu à me soucier d'aucun problème financier pendant ces derniers 3 ans. Je souhaite exprimer ma profonde gratitude à la SBM qui m'a permis de poursuivre des études supérieures en m'offrant cette bourse d'études. C'est grâce à la SBM que je vais être diplômée en octobre et je serais éternellement reconnaissante à toutes ces personnes qui sont derrière ce programme. Je souhaite profiter de cette occasion pour faire un appel à d'autres étudiants, surtout ceux de mon île natale, l'île Rodrigues, pour profiter de cette opportunité unique qu'offre la SBM pour nous aider à aspirer à un avenir meilleur.»

Marie Ojanette Begue (Rodrigues) - July 2013

To read more on the SBM Scholarship Scheme for the Tertiary sector, please click here

To read more on the SBM Scholarship Scheme for the Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) sector being run at the Mauritius Institute of Training and Development (MITD), please click here

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