Apply for a StudyTrust bursary

Investing in education has never been more crucial, and StudyTrust is here to guide you on your journey towards securing valuable bursaries and scholarships. Managed by StudyTrust, these opportunities provide a lifeline for aspiring students, assisting them in achieving their academic and career dreams. In this article, we will delve into the intricacies of the bursary application process, shedding light on selection criteria, required documentation, and essential tips to increase your chances of success.

Selecting the Right Opportunity

StudyTrust administers a diverse range of bursaries and scholarships on behalf of trusts, foundations, and private donors. These opportunities encompass various fields of study, catering to University students pursuing critical and scarce skills programmes, full-time University of Technology students, and students at Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Agricultural Colleges. When applying, it is essential to identify your first and second preferred bursary/scholarship options, keeping in mind that you will be considered for all opportunities that match your qualifications.

Understanding the Criteria

Bursary selection hinges on three main factors: academic potential, financial need, and study programmes. To be a strong contender, ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria specified for each opportunity. Academic excellence is highly regarded, as is financial need. Study programmes that align with critical and scarce skills are particularly attractive to sponsors.

Application Process and Profile Creation

Before embarking on the application journey, take the time to carefully read the eligibility criteria for your chosen bursaries and scholarships. The information you provide and your responses to essay questions play a pivotal role in creating your application profile, which will be presented to potential sponsors. Accuracy, thoughtfulness, and attention to detail are key. Proper spelling, capitalization of names, and well-thought-out answers reflect your commitment to the investment in your education, enhancing your chances of success.

Document Checklist for Success

Submitting complete and verified documentation is paramount. Ensure you have the following ready for uploading:

  1. Certified South African ID.
  2. Full academic record, including the latest available results.
  3. Official Matric/NSC results or progress report if applicable.
  4. Proof of address for renewable energy plant or trust-sponsored bursaries.
  5. Proof of income, including salary or wage slips, business financial statements, SASSA letters, or affidavits as necessary.
  6. Documentation in the case of deceased parents, divorce, or separation.
  7. A clear head and shoulders picture.

Application Deadlines

Most bursary and scholarship opportunities close on 30 September, with exceptions noted on the Bursaries pages. It is crucial to adhere to deadlines, submit complete applications, and provide accurate information to ensure your consideration for these valuable investments in your education.

Guidance for Future Decisions

For current Grade 12 learners uncertain about their study plans, Pace Career Centre offers a helpful career questionnaire designed to guide prospective students in choosing the right study programme and career path. Utilize this resource to make informed decisions about your educational journey.

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