The Oliver Foundation Scholarship for Conservation
The Oliver Foundation is committed to encouraging youth from previously disadvantaged backgrounds to make a career and a difference in the world of conservation. Unfortunately, due to family pressure to earn money, many students are forced to leave academia to financially support their extended family as soon as possible. By providing this prestigious scholarship, students will not only be able to complete a masters or PhD but undertake invaluable research into community conservation issues. The scholarship will provide R50,000 per year for 2 years.
This scholarship will be awarded for the first time in 2008 and will be administered by NMMU (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth).
The Oliver Foundation is believed to be the first philanthropic organisation in the Eastern Cape to award a scholarship of this nature. Two female students from the former Transkei were selected in 2008 to complete their masters degrees under the auspices of the Centre for African Conservation Ecology (CACE) at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).