DARE TO DREAM DIFFERENTLY

Introducing the Kenkijin Bursary Trust

Hitachi Construction Machinery Southern Africa Co (Pty) Ltd is committed to supporting the development of inspiring young students who want to change their future. Students who dare to dream differently.

Bridging the gap between dreams and reality

The Kenkijin Bursary is so much more than funding. We are invested in your growth across many facets, so you’re not only qualified, but work-ready too. We provide career counselling and mentorship as you navigate the transition from high school to university or from university into the world of work.

Kenkijin Bursary scholars have the chance to change the future. Yours and others. Students who are awarded this bursary can become part of the Hitachi Kenkijin family, with the prospect of working for Hitachi in future.

An opportunity like no other

The Kenkijin Trust offers1 full year of funded study to a selected few students, including:

The Kenkijin Trust offers1 full year of funded study to a selected few students, including:

The Kenkijin Spirit

The Kenkijin Spirit is at the heart of everything we do at Hitachi Construction Machinery. Taken from the Japanese name of HCM, ‘Kenkijin’ roughly translates as ‘citizen of HCM’. The Kenkijin Spirit embodies our shared values and principles, and there are three ideas that underpin it:

  1. challenge – we take on challenges without fear of failure
  2. customer – we strive to understand our customers’ needs better than they do
  3. communication – we take the initiative on reporting, liaising, and consulting

These simple ideas encourage everyone at HCM, helping us to apply the spirit of Kenkijin in everything we do.

WHO can apply?

  • You must be a South African citizen
  • You must be currently in Grade 12 and have obtained good academic results so far, or
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    • Have completed Grade 12 with an average of 70% pass rate, or
    • Currently registered with a higher education institution with an average pass rate of 70% in Mechanical Engineering / Industrial Engineering / Bachelor of Science / BCom Accounting / Bachelor of Commerce
     
  • Artisans and students studying towards becoming artisans
  • Women and youth aged between 16 – 35
  • Be able to demonstrate financial need
  • Anyone able to prove the above and willing to sign a one-year commitment agreement

WHERE can you study?

Any institution in South Africa

WHEN is the application intake date?

First intake: 9 December 2022
Second intake: 16 January 2023
Third intake: 30 January 2023

*HOW do you apply?

To apply, you’ll need to fill out a form. You’ll also need to motivate why you think you should be one of the selected few students to receive this bursary.

Your application also needs to include the following documents:

  • Proof of guardian’s income
  • A certified copy of the applicant’s ID document
  • A certified copy of the applicant’s matric certificate
  • A certified copy of your current tertiary record/proof of admission

Remember to have these ready before you start the application process!

*Bursaries are awarded based on a competitive process and based on requirements from the Trust. Applicants who meet the core criteria will be evaluated, and bursaries awarded according to a competitive process. Meeting core criteria does not guarantee awarding of a bursary.

Thinkroom administers applications but does not have the right to award bursaries. The final decision lies with independent trustees.

MENTORSHIP

MENTORSHIP

Meet your programme coordinator!

Lwareng Moruti is the Programme Manager for the Kenkijin Trust and your mentor.

She graduated from Northwest University with a degree in Social Science and an Honours Degree in Psychology. Lwareng has a diploma in Human Resource Management and a career guidance qualification from The University of South Africa.

As the Student Ambassador Relationship Manager for Africa at Microsoft, Programme Manager and previously the Graduate Skilling, Recruitment, and Placements Manager for Microsoft’s Interns4Africa, she’s passionate about technology and education.

HOW do you apply?

To apply, you’ll need to fill out a form. You’ll also need to motivate why you think you should be one of the selected few students to receive this bursary.

*Bursaries are awarded based on a competitive process and based on requirements from the Trust. Applicants who meet the core criteria will be evaluated, and bursaries awarded according to a competitive process. Meeting core criteria does not guarantee awarding of a bursary.

Thinkroom administers applications but does not have the right to award bursaries. The final decision lies with independent trustees.

FAQS

A bursary is a monetary award made by any educational institution or funding authority to individuals or groups.

It is usually awarded to enable a student to attend school, university, or college when they might not otherwise be able to for financial or other reasons.

  • To fund the studies of selected students so they can qualify for better work opportunities
  • To support students by helping them to manage their finances
  • To help students with their career progression

Applicants must be South African citizens. Please see the application criteria above for additional requirements including minimum academic results, ages, and financial need.

The Kenkijin Bursary covers a student’s annual tuition fee.
The bursary is only for one year. Applicants will have to reapply for the following year.
The bursary will be cancelled if the recipient does not maintain an average of 70% or above pass rate.

No, please make sure you have filled in all the correct information.

Yes, should you have proof of university admission.

First intake: 9 December 2022
Second intake: 16 January 2023
Third intake: 30 January 2023

Applicants will be reviewed internally before proceeding to the next stage, which consists of a virtual interview with your programme coordinator and mentor Lwareng Moruti. Should you go through to the next round, the Hitachi selection committee will interview you virtually. The last round consists of the final selection process.