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nyda.gov.za Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship 2018 : National Youth Development Agency

Organisation : National Youth Development Agency
Announcement : Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship 2018
Applicable for : South African citizens between 14 – 35
Application Deadline : 15th December 2017 – 16th January 2018
Website : http://www.nyda.gov.za/smsf/Pages/default.aspx
Application form :https://www.southafricain.com/uploads/9189-SMSF%202018.pdf

NYDA Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship

** The scholarship fund was established in honour of Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu who at the age of 23, was executed under the apartheid laws after being wrongfully accused of murder and terrorism.

Related : National Youth Development Agency Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship : www.southafricain.com/127.html

Fearing crowd reaction at the funeral, police decided to bury Mahlangu in Atteridgeville, Pretoria.

Background

** In its quest to address the challenge of youth unemployment, access to education and shortage of scarce skills, the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) is offering the scholarship to youth under 35 years of age to give them an opportunity to study at public universities or university of technologies across South Africa.

Timelines

** Applications (online and manual) for the 2018 academic year will open from the 18th September 2017 and close on the 15th December 2017 (for postal/email applications) and the 16th January 2018 for online applications.

Objectives of The Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund :
** To provide financial support to youth in the form of scholarships to increase their chances of accessing quality higher education in their field of study
** To increase chances of employability or entrepreneurship based on the positive correlation between level of education and employability

** Empower the youth (under 35 years) with education to enable them to compete favourably in the labour market.
** Contribute to the development of critical and scarce skills

Eligibility Criteria

** Students must be applying for admission to one of the public universities as a 1st year full-time student in a priority study (see below).

** High school learners who plan to attend one of the public universities or universities of technology after completing the National Senior Certificate
** Must meet University Admission Points Score (APS) and achieve an average of 70% in the NSC exams

** Must be South African citizens under 35
** Financial neediness – combined household income of less than R15 000 a month
** Reside in rural/semi-rural areas/townships

Priority of Study :
** Full-time degrees that fall within the priority growth sectors, critical and scarce skills areas outlined in the labour planning framework of the country. Full-time degrees that fall within the priority growth sectors, critical and scarce skills areas outlined in the labour planning framework of the country.

Manual application forms should be sent to :
Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund
VDG House
8 Victoria Road
Plumstead
Cape Town 7945
OR emailed to: studentfunding AT studentfundingportal.com
Enquiries about applications: call 021 2000 476 / 087 2300 194 or email: studentfunding AT studentfundingportal.com

Closing dates :
Postal/email applications: 15 December 2017
Online applications: 16 January 2018
You can apply with your Grade 11/ Grade 12 mid-year results but certified copy of matric certificate has to be received before the 16th January 2018, for both online and postal/email applications.

Please Note :
** Application does not automatically mean acceptance; a commitee will make the selection of students to be covered by the scholarship programme.

The following costs are covered by the Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship :
Tuition
Accommodation (thresholds apply)
Meals
Study Books/equipment (thresholds apply)

FAQs

1. What is the difference between a Bursary and a Scholarship?
A scholarship is a financial award granted to a student on the basis of the student’s academic or sporting excellence. A Bursary is a financial award granted to a student on the basis of the student’s financial neediness. For the Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund, the student has to produce proof that his/ her parent(s) or guardian(s) are not in a position to afford paying for tertiary education (earn under R15 000 household income per month).

2. How many people will benefit from the scholarship?
A total of about 150 students will benefit from the scholarship starting in 2017. About 300 students from previous intakes are still on the scholarship.

3.How do I submit my application?
You can submit your application online via the NYDA website or send a printed completed form to the address given in ‘applications’. NO faxing or direct submissions to universities or NYDA offices.

4. Can I submit my application form at an NYDA branch as it is closest to where I stay?
No. You can either apply online or send your manual form to the address provided.

5. Can I use my mid-year Grade 12 or Grade 11 results to apply for scholarship fund?
Yes, but you will also have to attach or send your matric certificate once you receive it.

6. Will the funding from the scholarship also assist me with my registration fee that is required at the beginning of the academic year?
No.

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