Since its inception in 2013, the CIPS Foundation has announced three rounds of bursaries and scholarships for people struggling to qualify and progress through the procurement profession, because of financial hardship, disadvantage or discrimination.
The charity – which CIPS supports with an annual donation – works with study centres around the world to support those wanting to improve their prospects in the sector, or who have been forced to stop studying due to lack of funding. It matches bursary recipients with suitable mentors, supplies course books and covers membership and exam fees to achieve qualifications. CIPS Foundation also supports attendance at relevant events and conferences.
The CIPS Foundation bursary community is growing, with 58 people in Africa, Australia, Pakistan, Trinidad and Tobago and the UK receiving support.
Chilala Luyando, who lives in Zambia, has been awarded a professional procurement scholarship and is being mentored by a Nigerian CEO of a global company, while CIPS supports him to complete his diploma.
A UK bursary has been awarded to Ivelina Mancheva who relocated last year from Bulgaria to the UK and, despite years of experience in procurement, is struggling to gain a professional salary sufficient to support her family. Mancheva is keen to complete qualifications to be a role model for her teenaged son and prove how important CPD is in improving her career prospects.
Silent Mtombeni, whose employer could no longer access funds to support his qualifications in procurement and supply, and who has responsibility for the support and upkeep of his brother as well as his own family, has been given an international bursary, supported by Commerce Edge Study Centre in South Africa.
“This is going to change my life and everyone surrounding me forever,” he said. “It will inspire my family, community and add value to each organisation and country that offers me employment. I feel the happiest person ever.”