My name is Juliana Diniz, and I have just finished the second year of my BSc in Civil Engineering at the University of Cape Town. I have been struggling to pay my fees since the beginning of my degree. At the moment, I am not able to pay my fees for 2017 (which are around R120 000) and I might need to stop studying as I cannot afford the high international fees charged by my university.
Last year I finished top of my class of more than 100 students, and I was awarded the Engineering and Built Environment Faculty Scholarship. I have also been invited to apply for many scholarships because of my performance but I was not eligible for any of them due to my permanent residence not coming through. As an international student, I'm not afforded the bursary opportunities as many South African Students are. However, I have no doubt that my passion, drive and leadership qualities will make me a valuable asset in an Engineering practice post graduation. I have uploaded my marks and some recommendation letters at https://www.sendspace.com/filegroup/paLNgcnQVXKyPw...
Considering that the money from here will go to my personal bank account, you also have the option of depositing straight into my fees account at UCT. This website has all the methods: https://www.uct.ac.za/apply/fees/methods/. I used to use the credit card one as it is the simplest and it reflects very quickly. My details at UCT
Name: Juliana Diniz
Student number: DNZJUL001
Email: [email protected]
Date of Birth: 02 June 1993
My personal Bank account
Bank: Standard Bank
Account number: 07 265 9165
- My story
At the end of 2011, I could not speak English and embarked on a journey to South Africa, by myself, to learn the language, knowing what opportunities it would bring and knowing how important it would be to my academic life. I worked in a Brazilian Beauty Salon as a beautician and helped the owner with her finances. During that time, I taught myself English as I did not have the financial means to attend an English School. In my free time, I would read books in English, to help develop comprehension and would study English textbooks in order to improve my grammar.
After one year of working, I was able to save enough money to pay for a Building and Construction Technical Course at the College of Cape Town (2013), which gave me an insight into the building sector. I also proved to myself that I could study in English. There after I enrolled for Grade 12 at Abbotts College (2014) in order to obtain my NSC in compliance with UCT application requirements.
In 2015, I started at UCT doing my BsC in Civil Engineering. Civil Engineering has always been my dream as I am fascinated by the built environment. During my time at UCT I have received 3 class medals (for Chemistry for Engineers, Engineering Drawing and Introduction to Engineering), I was also placed on the Dean’s Merit List and have also been awarded the Engineering and Built Environment Faculty Scholarship for my performance in 2015 (R20 000) and received an invitation to be part of the Golden Key International Honours Society. Furthermore, I have been selected to be a UCT representative to take part in a semester abroad programme at University of California, Berkeley.
For me, education engages beyond the course's syllabus, and I have proactively taken on various leadership roles throughout the year in order to develop skills outside academia. Among them, I am an elected member of the Engineering and Built Environment Student Council (EBESC) for which I am the Events Management and Communications Chair (2016).
I also sat on the executive committee for Engineers without Borders - UCT (EWB) in 2015-2016 for which I oversaw the Funding, Marketing and Event Management portfolios. Currently, I am co-chairing the society for the 2016-2017 cycle, enabling me to drive ideas. I am also closely involved with EWB-SA in the development of new projects such as the Advisory Board, a project which will provide mentoring for the projects being ran by EWB and also the Engineers Without Boards Exchange Programme, which intend to get the EWB-SA members of the society to work overseas with other EWB chapter of developing countries.
My application to represent UCT as an exchange student (for a semester abroad) at University of California, Berkeley (widely regarded as one of the best Engineering Faculties in the world) in 2017, was accepted. This made me the first UCT student to ever exchange there through the IAPO programme. Although the related UCT scholarship partially covers the costs of the exchange, I have to develop the remaining funds. Since my personal finances are very limited, I might not be able to accept this opportunity.
I am passionate about construction and I imagine myself applying innovative design thinking through the industry in order to drive social development projects. I believe that a leader needs to have vision of where to go and the ability to motivate the movement towards it. If nothing else, I see myself motivating others through my passion, in order to achieve sustainable development. I am good at encouraging people to make a difference and that is why I am studying Civil Engineering. If I am able to develop my leadership role, it will be easier to drive my passion and make a difference.
I have been waiting for my South African permanent residence for the past 2 years. At the moment I still pay as an international student for which the fees are much higher. My expenses amount to R8 000 a month (including all my expenses) and my fees are around R100 000 a year, towards which my family can only contribute R4500 (1000 reais) monthly. The rest of the money I have been getting in private loans which I intend to pay as soon as I graduate. At this point in time, I owe approximately R200 000. I am uncertain if I can continue with my studies without any form of financial aid. Because of my international status I am not eligible for most bursaries and because of my financial status I cannot get any financial aid from the university or private student loans.
I am in need of financial assistance so that I am able to focus on my studies. The anxiety of my financial situation has been negatively impacting my academics. I value the education I have received in South Africa and I look forward to completing my program in Civil Engineering and in the future to specialize in Structural Engineering as it is the most fascinating field in Civil Engineering for me. I am writing to you seeking for a bursary or any financial assistance to finish my BSc Civil Engineering degree at the University of Cape Town (UCT).
Thank you very much for your time.