African Scholars Fund Bursary 2024

About African Scholars Fund

During the apartheid era, the African Scholars Fund established itself after realizing the urgent need for high-quality education. They now assist by paying for secondary school and TVET college tuition for students from low-income families.

The fund seeks to assist financially with student expenses for transportation, uniforms, and school fees. The ASF not only provides monetary help to its beneficiaries but also cares for, inspires and mentors them throughout their entire academic career. By tracking and commenting on students’ academic progress and maintaining regular contact with bursars, they are solely committed to ensuring the prosperity of their students.

African Scholars Fund Bursary 2024

The ASF is providing an opportunity for the students to apply for the High School Bursary programme for the upcoming academic year of 2023. Over 2000 high school students who exhibit academic promise, initiative, seek out opportunities and accept responsibility are given bursaries by the African Scholars Fund each year.

The bursary is provided only in the below-mentioned schools within Northern Cape, Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces.

Within Easter Cape:

  • J A Calata High School (Cradock)
  • Johnson Nqonqoza Sec School (Somerset East)
  • Nqweba High School (Graaff-Reinet)
  • Richard Varha Secondary School (King Williamstown)
  • Greenpoint Secondary School (East London)
  • Funda Secondary School (Whittlesea)
  • Emdeni Junior Secondary School (Alice)
  • Toise Secondary School (King Williamstown)
  • Thobelani High School (Seymour)
  • Mtirara Secondary School (Lady Frere)
  • Zimeleni Junior Secondary School (Whittlesea)
  • St Georges High School (Mount Frere)
  • Ekuphumleni Secondary School (Whittlesea)
  • Phaphani High School (Uitenhage)
  • Inkwenkwezi High School (Alice)
  • Solomon Mahlangu High School (Uitenhage)
  • Silimela Secondary School (Berlin)
  • Soqhayisa Secondary School (Port Elizabeth)
  • Kuyasa Combined School (Port Alfred)
  • Smiling Valley Farm School (Kei Road)
  • Willowmore Secondary School (Willowmore)
  • Cowan High School (Port Elizabeth)
  • Mzomhle High School (East London)
  • St Colmcille School (Kirkwood)
  • Ngwenyathi Sec School (East London)
  • Spandau Secondary School (Graaff-Reinet)

Within Northern Cape:

  • Tetlanyo High School (Kimberley)
  • Carlton van Heerden High School (Upington)
  • Vuyolwethu Secondary School (Kimberley)
  • Umso Secondary School (Colesberg)

Within Western Cape:

  • Intlanganiso High School (Khayelitsha)
  • Sophumelela Secondary School Philippi)
  • Percy Mdala High School (Knysna)
  • Saxonsea Secondary School (Atlantis)
  • Masibambane High School (Kraaifontein)
  • Groot-Brak Rivier Sek Skool (Grootbrak River)
  • Leiden High School (Delft)
  • Bastiaanse Secondary School (Beaufort West)
  • Beaufort West Secondary School (Beaufort West)
  • Cosat WC Cape Town (Khayelitsha)
  • Wallacedene Secondary School (Kraaifontein)
  • Sinenjongo High School (Milnerton)
  • Masiyile Secondary School (Khayelitsha)
  • Intsebenziswano High School (Nyanga/Philippi)
  • Hector Peterson Secondary School (Kraaifontein)
  • Siphamandla Secondary School (Khayelitsha)
  • Manyano High School (Khayelitsha)
  • D M Tutu High School (Paarl)
  • Sinethemba Secondary School (Philippi)
  • Bridgton High School (Oudtshoorn)
  • Chris Hani Secondary School (Khayelitsha)
  • Leap Science & Maths School (Langa/Philippi)
  • Harry Gwala High School (Khayelitsha)
  • Phandulwazi High School (Philippi)
  • Kuyakhanya Junior School (Nyanga/Crossroads)

The funds are given directly to the school in two instalments:

  • The first is given in February meant for the school fee, stationery items and uniforms.
  • The second is paid during the middle of the year if the student surpasses the ASF’s criteria.

Note: students are evaluated two times a year (middle and December). The ASF uses the evaluation to keep a check on the progress of the students and mentor them for it.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must check the eligibility criteria before applying for the scholarship. There should not be any exceptions.

  • You must live in one of the following provinces: Eastern, Western, or Northern Cape
  • You must be enrolled in a school that is supported by the ASF.
  • In your matriculation year, you cannot be older than 21 years old.
  • You must have received a minimum of 60 percent in each subject and a 60 percent overall average in grade 7.
  • Students in grade eight must have a cumulative average of at least 50% and a minimum of 50% in each subject.
  • Your annual school expenses cannot exceed R4,500.
  • Your household’s combined monthly income should not exceed R7 500.

How to Apply?

Candidates can download and complete the African Scholars Fund Bursary Application Form (.doc) or they can take it from relevant schools.

The application must be submitted via post at the following postal address.

P O Box 294

Documents Required

All the mentioned documents must be attached with the application or the application will not be accepted.

  • Report card of June 2022.
  • Proof of household income
    • latest payslips, if employed
    • affidavit, if unemployed.
    • pension receipts or grants, if applicable.
  • A letter, written by the student describing themselves and their family. The letter must be handwritten and not printed.
  • An empty envelope (unsealed) with a stamp and it must be addressed to the student.

Closing Date

The applications will be closed on 15 September 2023. Interested candidates must apply before the deadline to avoid disqualification.

Contact Details

Candidates can contact the bursary provider directly for any queries:

Telephone No.: 021 689 9094

Email id:

Contact link:

Please do not send any questions after the closing date. View our other bursaries/scholarships open for application here:

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