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Applications now open for NYDA’s SM Scholarship Fund

Youth matters

The Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund, a fund of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), is now accepting applications for the 2015 scholarships.

This is the second year the Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund will be awarded to students who excel in the classroom and wish to pursue studies in scarce skills at Universities, Universities of Technology as well as all public Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges.

Established by the NYDA in 2013, the Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund is in honour of the late struggle icon, Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu, a young member of Umkhonto Wesizwe who was wrongfully arrested and in 1979, aged 23, executed under apartheid laws.

The Fund was officially launched by President Jacob Zuma in February 2014 – where the NYDA also unveiled the first group of its beneficiaries.

With additional financial assistance from the Department of Higher Education the Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund, last year, awarded R20 million in scholarships to 236 students from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, across South Africa, for the duration of their studies.

“We are pleased, once again, to offer young matriculants a chance to apply for the scholarship that will ensure they get to attend the best academic institutions in the country because the NYDA has made it possible. We also want to invite private and public institutions to come on board and partner with us to make it possible to put more young South Africans at institutions of higher learning,” said Yershen Pillay, Chairperson of the NYDA.

The Scholarship Fund provides financial support to young people who have been accepted to pursue full-time degrees in courses that fall within the priority growth sectors and critical and scarce skills areas as outlined in the labour planning frameworks of the country.

International scholarships will be considered if they have been endorsed by a South African government department or a credible public or private agency.

The Scholarship Fund covers 100% costs of the student’s studies, including tuition, books, meals and accommodation.

Students who will be considered for the scholarship are those who have been accepted to register in the following fields of study:

The Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund, a fund of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), is now accepting applications for the 2015 scholarships.

  • ICT
  • Law
  • Tourism
  • Geology
  • Logistics
  • Pharmacy

Applications are to be made directly to the participating Universities/Universities of Technology (which have full responsibility for receiving, processing applications and selecting recipients).

Applications to FET Colleges must be submitted directly to NYDA for the attention of Mr Sihle Mlaba, 11 Broadwalk Avenue, Halfway House Midrand, 1683 ore-mailed to: scholarships@nyda.gov.za. Application forms are available on the NYDA website and all NYDA branches. The deadline for new applications is 23 January 2015.