Bursary for high school learners

AEC bursary scheme During their grade 6 year, potential AEC bursars are carefully selected from 19 primary schools in and around Alexandra, Johannesburg. In their grade 7 year, these potential bursary candidates attend Saturday School in English and Maths. Top performers are then offered bursaries for their entire high school careers. http://www.alexeducation.org.za

African Leadership Academy :  
International boarding school in Honeydew (Randburg). Excellent teaching for learners aged between 16 and 19 from 36 African countries, who have at least completed Grade 10. The Internationally recognized curriculum gives you access to the the world's finest universities. 
The studies focus on leadership development, entrepreneurial training, and understanding African issues. The school has only 200 students and the classes are small (about 12 students per class).
The studies start in September. To get a full bursary, you must apply before the end of May at 
admissions@africanleadershipacademy.org – 011 252 6190. you need good marks, to show leadership (at school, in church, in a sport club, family), initiative and problem solving skills, do volunteer work and have a passion for Africa.

Bursaries for university students

Bursaries pay for University tuition fees and sometimes for accommodation, transport, books, computer and other expenses.  You do not need to pay it back. However there are often conditions attached to bursaries (contrary to "scholarships" which come without any conditions), such as working for the department/company who funded the bursary after you’ve completed your studies.

You need to have very good results (above 65 %) and pass an interview.  Apply for a bursary as soon as possible. Some close in May.

List of bursaries : 


Government  bursaries  

Nsfas bursaries  - if you study at University or TVET college, you can get a Nsfas bursary (see page "Nsfas")

Nursing bursaries - https://zabursaries.com/bursary-opportunity-gauteng-nurse-intake-bursary/
 Ann Larsky College (Auckland Park), nursing diploma and degree (4 years) - bursary paid by the Gauteng government. Register in April for the following year, as it is quickly full.  call 011 644 8915

Private companies' bursaries (De Beers, Vodacom, etc) 

The are mostly targeting engineering or commerce studies. They also provide sometimes students with paid vacation work and career-building schemes. Anglo platinum even offers an “Exposure Year bursary” which allows you to spend a full year with the company after Matric.

The following two organisations manage bursaries from various companies for Engineering, Commerce and Sciences faculties (and teaching postgraduate) studies and even some TVET colleges:

Career wise -- 086 100 77 87 - http://www.careerwise.co.za/- . The director of Career Wise, Monique Adams, is also the chair of Sizanani mentorship programme ! 

Study Trust" -  -27 11 403 1632- www.studytrust.org.za 

Bursaries for financially disadvantaged students 

Some bursaries target top learners from disadvantaged families. For instance, many private colleges offer bursaries (see page "private schools"). 

HCI Foundation awards 1200 bursaries/year to learners in any field of study, any year of study, for a first tertiary qualification. Contact: 021-424-6010 - http://www.hcifoundation.co.za/deadline: October 15

The South African Institute of Race Relations deadline: August 31.many fields of studies  http://irr.org.za/programmes/bursary-programme – 011 482 7221 - deadline: August 31.


A scholarship is a bursary wihtout any condition attached (no obligation to work for your sponsor).

 Allan Gray Orbis Foundation (application before end of April) funds scholarships for Grade 12  (minimum of B average  for Grade 11 results and minimum C in Maths) and first year students (you need an average of 65 % at your June results) may apply (deadline to apply : end of August).

From 3
rd year : you’ll be  part of a mentoring program by professionals

studies : degrees in  Engineering, Law and Humanities (majoring in Politics, Economics or Philosophy), Science (excluding Medicine) or Commerce

 The Vincent Tshabalala Trust Fund and The Gauteng City Region Academy award  scholarship to top matric learners of Alexandra.

Merit bursaries are also awarded to top students by many Universities (you don't need to apply)

Where can I get help?

You can apply for a bursary on www.bursarynetwork.com (a crowfunding platform).

The bursary institute of SA. (info@tbisa.co.za) – for a few hundred rands, a consultant helps you to find a bursary in various fields of studies in a private college (Cornerstone, Birnam business college, PC training and business college, Platinum campus- business and IT programs/Unisa, Boston city campus). Learners who dropped out of school or failed matric, are also given the opportunity to access certain bursaries. Some of these bursaries are for matric re-writes as well as call centre and financial sector qualifications, whereby a matric pass is not always a requirement. The bursaries are partial bursaries and range from 25% to 75%.

-You can get information at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, in Newton (Monday to Friday: 8am-5pm - Saturday: 9am-13pm). They can help you to fill bursary applications. Ask to read “The Bursary Register”, a booklet which contains very useful information.

Important tips when you apply
-       Make sure that you satisfy all requirements; 

 Upload all requested documents (payslips, results, etc). All photocopies need to be certified at a police station.

-      Answer all questions  and always tell the truth;  Write neatly and clearly on your form. Write full sentences; check all spelling and grammar errors.
    Take your time to draft the application letter and fill in the form, as they are the most important part of the whole process. Don’t leave out any information or you might be disqualified !

Don’t tell a long, sad story about your family circumstances – rather show that you can rise above them and have a clear career plan! Explain briefly why you need a bursary: for instance, “I cannot afford to pay the tuition fees as my parents are unemployed. However, I achieve well at school and believe I have what it takes to complete a degree in chemistry and to become a good scientist”.

It is not only your consistent good marks at school (include reports from current and previous year) which matter but also your determination, dedication, sense of responsibility, communication skills, your leadership qualities, volunteer work, cultural and sport achievements: mention anything that makes you stand out ! Use your own words, be sincere and let your personality and your voice shine through!

Set career goals and show that you know where you’re headed.

Ask teachers, sport coaches, religious leaders, etc.,  to write a recommendation letter, explaining what you have achieved;

Ask a teacher, mentor or  adult to check your application and that you have provided all information requested and filled in all the fields.

Selectors receive hundreds of applications. Yours should be the neatest, cleanest and most impressive!


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