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 Old Mutual Education Trust Bursaries

Closing Date: 31 August 2022

The bursary will provide cover for first undergraduate studies in ANY field (including certificate, diploma and first degree level qualifications). The bursary does NOT cover second degrees or postgraduate studies.

Participating trade unions include:

  • Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA)
  • National Teachers Union (NATU)
  • National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU)
  • National Union of Mineworkers (NUM)
  • Professional Educators Union (PEU)
  • Police and Prisons’ Civil Rights Union (POPCRU)
  • South African Chemical Workers Union (SACWU)
  • South African Catering Commercial Allied Workers Union (SACCAWU)
  • South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU)
  • SASBO The Finance Union

The bursary will provide partial cover for the following expenses, to the value of R65 000: registration fees, tuition fees, prescribed books, other approved study materials, accommodation and meals in a residence.

Bursary recipients will receive comprehensive student support, that places great importance on the students wellbeing, and will therefore also receive the following benefits:

  • Access to bespoke student support interventions to enable academic, psycho-social and leadership growth and success
  • Peer Buddy mentorship programme to support final year students develop a postgraduate plan
  • Computer access (new scholarship holders)

The Old Mutual Education Trust will fund up to 60 students, with a limited number of scholarships awarded to each union partner. Selection will be based mainly on academic results.


Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to satisfy all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered):

  • You must be a South African citizen
  • You must have completed Matric or be currently in Matric
  • You must be studying or intend on studying towards your first undergraduate qualification (on a full-time, part-time or distance-learning basis)
  • You must be studying or intend on studying at a recognised and accredited public university in South Africa

Applicants must also fall into one of these categories:

  • You are a paid up member of one of the trade unions listed above
  • You are permanently employed on a fulltime basis at one of the trade unions listed above
  • You are a spouse (as legally defined) of a paid up member or staff member, at one of the trade unions listed above
  • You are a child dependent (under 25 years of age) (including adopted child, stepchild, grandchild or child of blood relation for which the union member is solely financially responsible), of a paid up member or staff member, at one of the trade unions listed above




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