The National Youth Development Agency has a variety of bursaries / scholarships available. Their primary bursary fund has two applications available for candidates. The first is for secondary education, and the second is for further education. They also have funding available in conjunction with other agencies, such as the NYDA Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship / Bursary fund.
The NYDA wishes to aid candidates from previously disadvantaged background, that are in need of financial aid to complete their high school education and/or study at Colleges, to do so. With this funding all and any field of study is made available.
The NYDA believe that the youth is the future of South Africa, and all ought to have an equal opportunity to study. Their bursaries will equip the youth with knowledge, skills and the ability to provide for themselves and their families. Allowing them to become contributing, responsible adults.
Their first two bursaries provides for candidates in Grade 7 – 11, as well as candidates in Grade 8 – 12. The bursary for Colleges provide full time study for N1 – N6, only available at FET Colleges throughout South Africa. There are three closing dates for these bursaries and they are as follow:
- 1st Trimester or Semester – 31st October
- 2nd Trimester or Semester – 31st March / 31st May
- 3rd Trimester or Semester – 31st July
The NYDA’s Solomon Mahlangu Bursary fund is also in aid of empowering the youth of South Africa. Their main focus is to aid those from rural areas. Candidates whom have an outstanding academic background, which is motivated towards gaining a degree, is invited to apply. These will be offered through a range of selected Universities or the University of Technology. They offer more than a hundred bursaries per year.
The following will be included in these bursaries, however candidates must know that all funds will be paid to the chosen Institute, for study.
The bursary will cover:
- Full Cost of Tuition
- Full Cost of Books or Prescribed Learning Materials
- Full Cost of University Accommodation
- Full Cost of University Meals
Private accommodation will ONLY be looked at if candidate has applied for accommodation on time, but could not be accommodated.
National Youth Development Agency Bursaries Available
The NYDA tries to cover all areas within the workforce. They provide the youth with further study to fill positions within all parts of state departments, the private sector over and above all sectors within society. They aid in building up the country’s economy while also assisting in sustainable living.
They have the following fields of study available:
- Mining Industry
- Health Care
- Project Management
- IT Industries
- Aerospace Industry
- Financial Management
- Supply Chain
Candidates who wish to apply must adhere to all requirements. Candidates must be under the age of 25 and a South African citizen.
Candidates must supply the following:
- ID documentation of applicant
- ID documentation of parents / legal guardian
- Proof of income or parent / legal guardian
- Admission acceptance to one of the Universities in South Africa
- Grade 12 Results
- Must hold a minimum of 70% in their NSC exams
- Proof of residence
Candidates residing in a rural area will be looked at first. Candidates must ensure all documentation is certified copies when attaching to application form. Late or incomplete applications will be dismissed. Candidates must remember that all financial records will be checked, thus it is advised to not apply if you are not truly in financial stress.
Candidates must be open and honest at all times, when asked for a spending budget, please keep in mind, it is only for necessities, thus if you ask for too much, you may be disqualified.
Online applications for each bursary can be found online links or downloadable PDF forms.
The first two, thus the one for Secondary Education, as well as the one for study at FET Colleges can be found HERE, simply scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the link.
Applications for the NYDA Solomon Mahlangu Bursary can be collected, at any of the Youth Development agencies. Once you have completed your application it must be delivered to:
The NYDA Bursary Program
11 Broadwalk Avenue
For any additional detail candidates can contact:
011 – 651 7000
Or call 08600 YOUTH (96884
Or visit www.nyda.gov.za
The NYDA Solomon Mahlangu Bursary fund closes applications with the end of January each year.
Candidates are urged to please complete the application form fully, thus leaving NO empty spaces, and ensuring it is signed. Please share your future plans, ideals and all you feel may be of value with the NYDA. It is therefore advised to send a cover letter with your application, stating all of these and sufficient information about yourself with your application. Also please indicate why you feel you will be of value to the fund.