2016 NYDA Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund (SMSF) for Young South Africans.

Application Deadline: 29 January 2016
In its quest to address the challenge of youth unemployment, access to education, among many other challenges, the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) changed its core business to focus on education and skills development as the organisation’s main priority. This move was informed by studies which suggested that salary remained the main source of income for young South Africans.
To support this new strategic focus, the NYDA established the Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund (SMSF).  The R10-million fund seeks to create industrialists as an investment towards youth empowerment. The purpose of this fund is 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 marginalized 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.

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

Priority of Study

        • ICT
        • Law
        • Tourism
        • Geology
        • Logistics
        • Pharmacy
        • Journalism
        • Agriculture
        • Engineering
        • Development Studies
        • Supply Chain Management
      • Scholarship Worth:
      • The following costs are covered by the Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship:
        ·        Tuition
        ·        Accommodation
        ·        Meals
        ·        Study Books
        Participating Institutions:
        For the 2016 Academic year, only public Universities and Universities of Technology will participate. This does NOT include FET and TVET colleges.

        How to apply?

        Apply Now for the 2016 NYDA Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund (SMSF)

        It is the responsibility of the applicant to fully complete the online application form, including submitting all necessary documents which need to accompany the application.

        email [email protected].

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2016 NYDA Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund (SMSF)


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