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Solly Mahlangu Scholarship Essay

Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund invites qualifying students  to apply for 2018 Bursary Programme.

Bursary online application deadline is 16 January 2018

Bursary Provider: Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund

BursaryLocation: South Africa

CLICK HERE to download application form for postal/email applications.

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.
To support this new strategic focus, the NYDA established the Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund (SMSF). The Fund seeks to avail financial support to youth to enable them to pursue quality education in an institution of higher learning with youth in rural areas as primary target.

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

The scholarship fund is designed to create an environment for affording youth with excellent academic background, an opportunity to further their studies. Financial support will be provided to youth who pursue full-time degrees that fall within the priority growth sectors, critical and scarce skills areas outlined in the labor planning frameworks of the country.

The fund will be accessible to deserving South African youth who meet the minimum entry requirements set by the NYDA and, who have been admitted for study at public Universities and Universities of Technology.

How to apply

Manual application forms should be sent to:
Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund

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.

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The NYDA Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship was established as an investment towards youth empowerment. The purpose of this fund is to avail financial support to youth, primarily in rural areas, with an excellent academic background, to enable them to pursue a quality education in selected institutions of higher learning. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Students must be applying for admission to one of the participating universities as a 1st Year full time student in the courses listed in the table above
  • High school learners who plan to attend one of the participating universities 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 between 14 -35
  • Financial neediness – combined household salary of less than R15 000 a month
  • Reside in rural/semi-rural areas
  • Engage in community service

How to apply

Applications are to be made directly to the participating University/University of Technology which has full responsibility for receiving, processing applications, selecting and notifying recipients

All students applying to FET colleges in South Africa should post their applications directly to the NYDA head office in Midrand or send an email to 

Visit to download the application forms

Fields of Study

Engineering, Tourism, ICT, Agriculture, Law, Logistics, Supply Chain Management, Journalism, Pharmacy, Development Studies and Geology.

Participating Universities

  • Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)
  • Walter Sisulu University
  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Stellenbosch University
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Fort Hare
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Rhodes University
  • North West University
  • University of Johannesburg
  • University of Witwatersrand
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of Limpopo
  • University of Kwa-Zulu-Natal
  • University of Free State
  • Sol Plaatjie University
  • University of Mpumalanga
  • University of South Africa (UNISA)
  • All Public FET Colleges 

Costs covered by Scholarship

All payments shall be made directly into the tertiary institution for the duration of study. The Scholarship Fund will cover 100% of the cost for the following:

  • Books
  • University Residence Meals
  • Tuition
  • University accommodation
  • Private accommodation (learner to provide proof that she/he applied for accommodation within institution on time but cannot be accommodate in the university’s residence and requires private accommodation).

Private accommodation shall be prioritised for 1st year new scholarship holders who cannot be accommodated at university’s residence due to late application for admission

Closing date for applications: 23 January 2015

Visit www.nyda, or call 0800 52 52 52 or visit your nearest NYDA branch to find out more about the Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund.