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. They 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 their first year we could only help 53 beneficiaries. Their 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. Their fund gives financial support to those who otherwise could not afford a proper education leading to professional qualification and fulfilling careers, chiefly in the mining and related sectors.
In special cases, they help learners from grades 10 to 12, but focus mainly on students working toward degrees and other qualifications at universities, colleges and technikons.
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.
Only individuals who are currently NOT funded and who meet the selection criteria may apply.
The following supporting documentation is required with every application (manual and online), should the applicant fail to produce ALL the supporting documentation required, their application will not be considered:
1. Union members payslip (for verification purposes).
2. Certified copy of applicant’s latest school results.
3. Certified ID copies of both the applicant and the union member.
4. Acceptance letter from the tertiary institution or letter verifying your application with the institution.
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.