African Scholars Fund Bursaries
This NGO funds studies in Business or Engineering studies at TVET colleges in the Eastern and Western Cape.
The organisation has been helping predominantly non-white learners since the 1970s, when volunteers worked from a private house supporting students as they progressed through their high school years into tertiary education.
The fund was established as a response to the inferior quality of education given in township and rural schools that often left learners at a great disadvantage.
ASF receives no state funding and relies solely on donations from private individuals or corporates.
African Scholars Fund Bursary Program Overview
These institutions provide short courses that equip students to enter the working world with technical skills. In some instances, students can receive credits towards university courses.
ASF’s TVET bursary programme only supports students registered at the PE and Eastcape Midlands College in the Eastern Cape, and the College of Cape Town and Northlink College in the Western Cape.
In order to qualify for the bursary, students must have achieved a minimum 50% average in Matric or at college, and should not be more than 25 years of age.
The fund awards 2,500 bursaries every year.
ASF offers a full bursary that covers registration and tuition fees.
Students who are registered for full-time studies in Business and Engineering may apply for the bursaries.
Applications from learners who have already been recipients of bursaries from other organisations such as NSFAS will not be accepted.
Students who are interested in applying for the bursary can download an application form from the ASF website.
Applicants must provide proof of their academic results and details about their financial situation. Students must also submit a motivation letter.
Applications close at the end of October every year; however the organisation encourages learners to apply by September as a large amount of requests are received.