Educational Trust provides bursaries for students in Africa

Published: 30/01/2017

Nathan at work in the site office

The Institution of Structural Engineers Educational Trust is providing funds to support students through civil and structural engineering degree courses in Zambia.

Working with Starfish-Zambia, a small charity that works with disadvantaged children, the scheme has already helped one student, Nathan Sichela, graduate from Copperbelt University in 2014.

Nathan, currently supervising the construction of a milling plant in Zambia, intends to fund himself to take a part-time Masters course. Following on Nathan’s success a second sponsored student, Fanwell Phiri, has successfully completed the first year of his course at Copperbelt University, gaining an award as top student in the first year, and is a Student Member of the Institution. The Trust will be supporting another student in the coming year and hopes to develop the scheme further with the help of the David Alsop Educational Bursary.

This scheme appealed to the Directors of the Trust as it enables young people (who would otherwise have no prospect of a university education) to be trained for worthwhile careers in their own society, thus supporting the local economy.

On completion of his studies, Nathan Sichela said:

“Starfish and the Institution came when I had nothing, five years after completing high school. I want to thank the Trust for giving me an opportunity to study civil engineering. Now I can proudly say that I am one of the few engineers in that discipline here in Zambia. It’s all possible because of you people whom I have not even met.”

A Starfish Trustee said:

“Thanks again to your Institution for this life changing gift to Nathan”.

The Trust would like to thank all Institution Members for their donations, which have enabled this and other educational projects.

If you would like further information on the Educational Trust / Starfish-Zambia please contact the Trust Secretary, Genevieve Doamekpor.


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