Blind SA Bursary South Africa

About Blind SA

Formerly known as the South African Blind Worker’s Organization, Blind SA was formed in 1946 to help blind people find meaningful jobs. In addition to employing people with disabilities, Blind SA has ventured into providing Braille services, establishing skills training programs,  awarding bursaries, lobbying, and pursuing issues of concern to blind people.

Blind SA Bursary

Blind SA Bursary 

Blind SA is offering a bursary funding program for blind and partially sighted students. Two bursaries are awarded each year to provide students with disabilities equal opportunities in tertiary education, for full-time and part-time study.

Two main criteria will be used to select candidates: merit and funding availability.

Donors give blind students bursaries so they can study at the tertiary level around South Africa, from the first year through to Masters degrees.

Bursary Coverage

Full-time study bursaries will be awarded at the rate of R8 000 and part-time study bursaries at the rate of R4 000. The bursary will provide financial aid and help with special equipment, transportation, and study materials.

After receipt of registration details and verification of eligibility criteria, all applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 31 March and 31 August every year.

Eligibility Criteria Of The Bursary

The following entry requirements must be met before applying (please note that your application will not be considered if you don’t meet all the requirements):

  • You must be a citizen of South Africa
  • You must be blind or partially sighted
  • Matriculation or equivalent qualification is required
  • You need to have achieved a minimum of 60% on your matriculation exam (if you are applying for the first time).
  • A majority of your previous courses must have been passed (if you were a bursary recipient in the previous year)
  • Full-time or part-time enrollment or studies are required
  • To apply, you must be enrolled at a South African tertiary institution that is recognized and accredited


How to apply?

You can download and complete the Blind SA Bursary Application 

IMPORTANT: Braille copies of the application form are available upon request.

Blind SA requires applications to be submitted through one of the following methods:

– Email ID:

In the subject line, type “Blind SA Bursary Application“.

– Post: Blind SA, Private Bag X9005, CROWN MINES, 2025

Documents Required

Along with your completed application form, please submit the following supporting documents (the submission of these documents is mandatory, your application may be disqualified if any of these documents remain missing):

  • Achievements academically most recently
  • It is required to submit the final exam results for the previous academic year (the results must be submitted as soon as they are available, but no later than February 1 or July 1 each year).
  • Documentation of student registration and a copy of the student number (certified copy)
  • Describe in detail your course and its duration (including fees)
  • Signed and stamped eye condition form (from an optometrist or ophthalmologist)

Closing Date Of The Bursary

Currently closed for application. Please check back later for the updated opening and closing date of this bursary.

Contact Details Of The Bursar

Please contact Blind SA directly if you have questions about this bursary program:

Denise Frost is the person to contact
Email ID:

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

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