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The Road to Reliability™ Scholarship Program

Background

At Road to Reliability™ our mission is to help you create a more reliable, more profitable and safer plant.

Reliable Plants are a better place to work, are more sustainable, less wasteful and can be a force for good in their local communities.

We see a future where together we have created thousands of Reliable Plants around the world using the Road to Reliability™ Framework.

Program Description

At Road to Reliability™ we believe in being a force for good.

The purpose of the Road to Reliability™ Scholarship program is to enable less advantaged students who cannot afford our course fees to enrol in our online training courses at significantly reduced fees.

The Scholarship Program is primarily focused on students in developing nations, in medium sized companies that operate in asset-intensive industries. 

However, anyone is free to apply for a scholarship and we will look at the merits of each application individually. We know that 2020 and 2021 has been a tough time for many Maintenance & Reliability professionals and we will not exclude anyone simply based on where you live or whether you are employed or not.

Our Scholarship Program covers 75% of the course fees. That means that successful applications will be enrolled in the Professional Edition of the Implementing Maintenance Planning & Scheduling course at just 25% of the full course fee i.e. USD 395 instead of the full fee of USD 1,495.

We will offer up to 50 Scholarships per quarter through quarterly Scholarship Rounds.

Currently the Scholarship Program only covers the Maintenance Planning & Scheduling online training, but we expect to expand this offering from the Q1 2022 Scholarship round onwards.

Dates

The dates for the Q3 2021 Scholarship Round are:

1st August 2021 – Applications open
15th August 2021 – Applications close
30th August 2021 – Successful applicants will be notified by email

Given that this will be our first round of Scholarships these dates may slip a bit.

The dates for the Q4 2021 Scholarship Round are:

15th October 2021 – Applications open
30th October 2021 – Applications close
15th November 2021 – Successful applicants will be notified by email

Dates for the 2022 Scholarship Rounds will be announced later in 2021.

How to Apply

Application is via an online form (see link below) which will only accept applications when Scholarship Round is open (see dates above).

Please note that the application form, once started, cannot be saved, so we recommend that you prepare your application in advance in a separate document. 

As part of your application, you will be asked to write short essay responses (300-500 words) to the following questions / prompts:

  • Tells us about you as a person, about your life and your aspirations in life.
  • Please share a summary of your career to date and what you hope to achieve professionally in the next 3-5 years.
  • What is one achievement in your professional career to date that you are most proud of?
  • Why do you need a Scholarship for the course “Implementing Maintenance Planning & Scheduling”?
  • How will you ensure that you will implement in your organisation what you learn during the course? What level of support do you have for this from your management?
There will also be a number of administrative questions like contact details, employment situation, education etc.
 

Criteria

When we review scholarship applications, below are some of the criteria we will use to select successful applicants:

  • The Scholarship Program is for individuals only.
  • We will look at the economic / financial situation of each applicant and whether they (should) have the ability to pay full course fees or not, now or in the near future.
  • We will look at employment situation and history of each applicant and look for signs that the organisation the applicant works for is likely to support implementation of what is taught during the course. If you are not employed we will try to assess whether the course is likely to increase your changes of finding employment (we can’t help with that though).
  • We will look for signs of motivation and review the track record of achievements in your personal and/or professional life.

Ultimately, we’re looking to help people that can and want to make a difference in their organisation and help build a Reliable Plant that becomes a force for good in their local community. 

Important Details

Below are some important details that we want to be clear about:

  • The Scholarship Program current only extends to the Professional Edition of the course “Implementing Maintenance Planning & Scheduling”. And that is we because we want out successfully applications to make a difference in the companies they work. That means applicants need to learn how to implement the theory that is taught in the course. The implementation of Maintenance Planning & Scheduling is covered in Module 10 of this course (and is not included in the Student Edition of the course).
  • Successful applicants have 14 days to enrol in the course and make full payment or the offer will be withdrawn and offered to another applicant. 
  • Payment will have to be online using a credit card or PayPal, at this point bank transfers can not be accepted due to the administrative burden. in future rounds we hope to be able to offer more payment options.
  • Scholarships cannot be deferred. If you are offered a spot and do not act within 14 days your scholarship will be rescinded and offered to the next person on the list.
  • There are will be no refunds. 
  • There will be no personal feedback provided to unsuccessful applicants, however unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to apply again in future Scholarship Rounds.
  • The above is all to keep administrative burden as low as possible.

Road to Reliability™ Scholarship Program FAQs

Experience shows that students who get free access to an online course have a much lower course completion rate than those who make a contribution. We want to help but we also want you to succeed and implement what you learn. And that requires a commitment from your side.

Furthermore, we will need to bring on additional staff to manage additional workload associated with more students and the administrative burden associated with the Scholarship Program. The Scholarship Program is intended to be largely self-funding so that it can be sustained into the future.

Offering a payment plan will increase our costs and administrative burden.

Instead, we offer multiple Scholarship Rounds per year (one each quarter). That gives you time to gather the funds and apply when you are ready.

Our experience shows that students who are not ready to enrol and request an extension often do not enrol. Spots are limited so we want to offer them to students who are ready to take action.

If you’re not 100% ready we recommend you wait and apply in the next round.

We would love to, but with hundreds of applicants that will simple not be feasible. We are a small and nimble organisation.

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