Bursaries Scholarships

Bursaries and other financial aid initiatives are offered by government departments, companies and private sponsors. Funding is mainly awarded to previously disadvantaged young people who can not afford a higher education. Bursaries can be found in almost every field of study from engineering to journalism, however in order to apply students will have to meet certain requirements set by benefactors.

Scholarships are also a form of student funding, however scholarships are primarily awarded to students with outstanding academic, artistic, athletic or other abilities. Scholarship money does not need to be repaid and therefore it is the most desirable form of funding and the hardest to obtain. Do you need financial aid? Find a bursary or scholarship in your field of study.

A range of bursaries focusing on scarce skills have been made available to
Further Education and Training colleges or universities. The bursaries aim to
provide opportunities to workers and unemployed learners in the education,
training and development sector.

The shortage of medical professionals is a national problem but affects the
poor and rural population the most. To rectify this problem, 180 bursaries
have been awarded to deserving students to study medicine in Cuba.

Tinashe Matambo is the first ACCA SA student ever to be awarded
a prestigious ACCA Simpson Scholarship. He urges young South Africans to be
humble, keen to learn, ambitious, self-motivated and focused.

All Grade 12 learners, who need financial assistance to further their studies have been
reminded to apply for the Mpumalanga Provincial Government Bursary Scheme for the
2014 academic year before the set closing date.

The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation scholarship programme provides a way to identify and
nurture future leaders who can make a valuable difference to the societal fabric of
Southern Africa. Applicants will undergo a rigorous selection process.

An initiative by Blackberry has been designed to inspire more women to enter the
computing industry and pursue careers in the fields of Science, Technology,
Engineering and Math (STEM)

30 students have been awarded scholarships to the tune of R14 million to study at
the World Maritime University.
The initiative is part of SAMSA?s goal to entrench South Africa as one of the
world?s top 35 maritime nations.

Five carefully selected matriculants each received a bursary to the value of R20 000
from Damelin as part of a Corporate Social Investment initiative. The students were
chosen on the basis of their individual circumstances and academic results.

Competition is fierce for the five Simpson Scholarships, which are awarded
globally each year, and for the first time this award has been given to two South
African students.

Youth in the Gauteng Province will have the opportunity to study medicine in Cuba if
they meet the criteria set out by the Gauteng Department of Health. This initiative is
aimed at boosting the number of doctors in the region.

As a symbol of government's commitment to helping young people develop skills and
employment, the North West Provincial Government has scrapped student debt to the
value of R42 million.

China has expanded the number of scholarships available to South African youth to study in the country by 200 additional places. This has been thanked by the SA Department of international relations, more details of this new development and a breakdown of the agreement is included in the following article.

Xstrata Coal South Africa recently hosted a bursary recognition function in Witbank to reward and congratulate all the top students for their outstanding performances over the past year.

Businessman Lebohang Khitsane has assisted seven disadvantaged students who did not have the finance to study further. The students who all excelled at school were accepted at various universities however could not afford the fees. Your help is further needed to ensure that these students get the opportunity to further their education.

A student liaison office has been set-up by the Mpumalanga Education Department for university students who benefit from the provincial government?s bursary programme. The office will be responsible for quarterly visits to students to deal with their challenges.

Impoverished students living around Polokwane, Limpopo, have three weeks to apply for bursaries from the local municipality. The bursaries will enable successful applicants to study for a diploma or degree at a recognised university, technikon or technical college.

A bursary scheme worth R9.74 million was launched in Pretoria y to assist post-
graduate students in the sport, recreation and fitness field study towards their PhD?s
or Master?s Degrees.

Three outstanding students presented their interpretation of living in a democratic South Africa through the mediums of graphic design, creative writing and basic photography, in celebration of 18 years of democratic freedom.

If you want to study a college course or university course should you take out a personal loan, or get a specific student loan? All of the major banks offer specialised student loans, as well as some other organisations. Here are some things to consider before making your decision.

SACTWU has aided the development of lawyers, chartered accountants, chemists and a variety of industry professionals through its bursary fund scheme, which has paid out a total of R19m in financial aid over the past six years.

596 BankSETA learners will graduate through the Letsema Learnership, a BankSETA initiative which offers students from previously disadvantaged communities the opportunity to study towards a banking qualification.

The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation is offering South Africa's brightest young minds a head-start in life through its Fellowship Programme. This initiative aims to develop students, into South Africa?s future high growth entrepreneurial leaders and includes comprehensive financial support as one of its many benefits.

Nedbank has made a major investment in education by contributing approximately R14 million to roughly 120 students through its wide range of bursary programmes for the 2012 academic year in order to 'assist young South Africans to realise their potential through tertiary education'.

Agang Sechaba, a female-led social and economic development initiative, is offering bursaries to matriculants with excellent academic records in order to encourage educated students to give back to their community by contributing to the education of others.

One of the biggest challenges faced by new students at Varsity will be planning their finances, says Leonora Swart the financial manager at Boston City Campus and Business College. She has some great advice to ensure that your transition from school to varsity is as painless as possible.


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