2019 Application Season: 01 May 2018 - 30 September 2018
* This page contains information on how to download and complete bursary application forms. Please pay close attention. We do not consider incomplete applications.
* StudyTrust also has an online application facility which is our preferred means of application. It can be accessed from 01 May – 30 September 2018.
* Downloadable application forms are available for those who do not have direct access to our online application facility. You are however welcome to download and distribute our forms.
* Please do not use previous year's forms for the current application season!
* For more information on our Online Application Feature, please click here.
♦ General Instructions
º The completed application form must be submitted before 30 September 2018 if you want to be considered for a bursary for 2019.
º Only application forms completed in full and accompanied by the required supporting documents will be considered.
º Only application forms that are mailed to us by surface mail will be considered. Faxed or emailed forms will not be considered. StudyTrust also has an online application facility that could be accessed from 01 May – 30 September 2018 through our website.
º Only applications from South African citizens will be considered.
º Please apply timeously for admission for next year to the educational institution of your choice.
º Please apply for Financial Aid when you apply for admission at tertiary institutions.
º An application made on a StudyTrust application form will be considered for all the bursaries we manage. Applicants thus only have to complete one form. However, applicants are advised to apply for as many other bursaries as possible. A list of available bursaries can be obtained from the SAQA Career Advice Services (see 1.7 above).
♦ Documents to be submitted with the application form (if and where applicable)
º A certified copy of this year’s June exam results or an appropriate progress report if no examination was written.
º A copy of your final results if you have completed your NSC (matric).
º Your academic record if you are currently studying at a tertiary institution.
º Two testimonials: The first by a responsible educational official (e.g. your principal or lecturer) and the other by a community leader (e.g. your spiritual leader, local civic leader, etc.). See Sections 5 and 6.
º An essay on your life in Section 7. This essay must be written by you personally. Your parent / guardian / friend may include a letter of recommendation.
º Proof of income/salary* of parent(s) or guardian. (*e.g. payslip or letter from employer or sworn statement or tax return statement).
º A certified copy of your South African Identity Document (ID).
♦ Selection Criteria
The main criteria used in the selection of successful applicants are financial need, academic potential and career-oriented study programmes. Preference is also given to applicants from rural areas and to female applicants. Other selection criteria are:
º Full-time students at Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges and Agricultural Colleges are eligible for bursaries.
º University of Technology and University students who study full-time, with a pass symbol in all their subjects, and who follow career-oriented programmes that are in demand in the labour market, are eligible. Agriculture, Commerce, Engineering and Education (with Mathematics and Science) are preferred study programmes.
º Applicants for tertiary bursaries must please specify as clearly as possible the exact programme of study for which you need a bursary as well as the type and name of the educational institution where you plan to study and the year of study. Please differentiate clearly between “University of Technology” and “University”. Study programme changes, after submitting your application forms, may lead to the cancellation of a bursary.
º No bursaries are available for private tertiary institutions.
♦ Bursary Amounts
Studietrust award three kinds of bursaries: access bursaries, partial bursaries and full cost bursaries.
º Partial bursaries cover around 25% of the total cost of studying per year. They are mostly sponsored by private sector companies, trusts or foundations. The balance of study-related costs must be covered from alternative means (e.g. a NSFAS loan).
º Full-cost bursaries cover all study-related costs according to a formula prescribed by the donors.
♦ Submitted Application Forms: Acknowledgement of Receipt and Outcome
Receipt: You will receive a sms or email confirming receipt of your completed application form. All properly completed applications received will be considered.
Outcome: You may expect a sms telling you whether your application was successful by 21 December. Please inquire only after 15 January next year if by that time you still have had no answer.
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