The latest beneficiaries were 21 students at the University of KwaZulu—Natal in Durban and 13 at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth.
Other universities that have benefited are the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and elsewhere in Africa the University of Accra in Ghana and the University of Nairobi in Kenya.
Initiated at the end of 2006, the Tata Africa Scholarships have provided support worth more than R10 million to over 200 deserving but financially constrained students for postgraduate studies across a wide range of specialities.
Tata Africa Holdings operate in a number of African countries: Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The company has partnered with a number of universities in South Africa to support graduate students who need financial aids and demonstrate academic competence, the Tata Graduate Scholarship. Grants have been in existence since 2006 and has grown from strength to strength over the years.
The program has benefited 137 students from disciplines such as engineering, mining, nursing, pharmacy, law, architecture and much more.
Last year, 1,988 applications were received, a record number of applications for graduate school. Of the 40 scholarships awarded each year, three scholarships are awarded to Tata Africa Women and science scholarships function that is approved by the Ministry of Science and Technology.