About Linked Bursaries:
Many organisations throughout South Africa grant bursaries to deserving students, but the majority focus on individuals who live in the main centres.
There are a number of NGOs who support rural students specifically, some national and some regional.
The following are those that our rural students should consider applying to specifically.
It is important to remember that there are always more applicants than available bursaries.
Success with an application is never guaranteed.
APPLY to as many organisations as possible.
RURAL EDUCATION ACCESS PROGRAMME (REAP):
The Education Fund is a regional representative of REAP.
Our function is to recruit students for their programme, provide the application forms and assist with the interview process.
REAP provide their students with a powerful mentoring programme, encourage social responsibility and help build leaders of the future.
They support well over 400 students throughout South Africa.
(See website www.reap.org.za)
The Education Fund has a co-operative arrangement with the Trust whereby, acting together, we provide regional support for students from both the Overberg region and the Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces.
Email - Naumann@worldonline.co.za
OVERBERG COMMUNITY TRUST:
Students from the Overberg region are encouraged to apply for monetary assistance from the Overberg Community Trust.
Forms are available from their offices in Caledon from the 1st September each year and must be returned by the 31st October.
(Call 028-214-1827 to find out more.)
THE STUDIE TRUST:
This is a national organisation that gives preference to applications from rural students.
It provides top up bursaries and has a guidance programme to assist students in difficulty.
(See website www.studytrust.org.za)
NATIONAL STUDENT FINANCIAL AID SCHEME (NSFAS):
It is important to note that all the above will make a grant only if the student is supported from a government loan made available through NSFAS.
It is therefore essential that the student makes application to NSFAS well before June in the year before entering university and every year thereafter.
(See website www.nsfas.org.za)
See Application Procedure under Students tab for contact details.