The JB Marks Education Trust Fund was set up by NUM in 1997 to empower members and their dependents, particularly graduates entering the mining and related sectors. We are named after John Beaver Marks, a leading figure in the mineworkers’ struggle against exploitation. He was a vocal advocate of education as an empowerment tool and a vital weapon in the fight against poverty.
In our first year we could only help 53 beneficiaries. Our work has massively expanded since then and an important milestone was reached in 2017 when we became a 100% self-administered fund.
The JB Marks education trust fund bursary was established for NUM (National Union of Mineworkers) members and their families in order to empower and uplift them. It provides funding for their tertiary studies in the mining, energy and construction sectors.
The JB Marks Education Trust Fund covers ALL courses at higher education level.
Requirements and eligibility
You are an NUM member or you are a dependent of an NUM member.
South African citizen
Accepted into university/currently studying
Pursuing a qualification in either: mining, energy and/or construction.
How to apply
You will need to apply online.
You will need to submit the following supporting documentation when you apply online:
Union member/official's payslip (to verify your eligibility)
Certified copy of latest academic results
Certified copies of applicant and union member/official's ID documents
Acceptance letter from university
Motivation letter (post graduate studies)
Please note that the funding for postgraduate students is only for students who already hold the bursary for their undergraduate studies.
No emailed applications will be considered. Application forms are also available at NUM regional offices across SA.