GrandWest Socio-Economic Development (SED) Bursary

About GrandWest

GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, one of the largest entertainment destinations of its kind in South Africa, is owned and operated by Sun International. As one of Africa’s leading gaming and leisure groups, Sun International owns or holds interest in 19 casinos and luxury hotels, including GrandWest. It is a world-class casino offering two accommodation options and a range of fun activities, bars and restaurants, and conference facilities.

Established in 2007, the GrandWest Bursary Fund aims to select beneficiaries from disadvantaged communities that do not have current or previous access to socio-economic developments.

GrandWest Socio-Economic Development (SED) Bursary

The GrandWest Socio-Economic Development Bursary Fund focuses not only on academic results but also considers the “sheer determination” of a student, GrandWest said.

This means that the bursary fund does not only target high academic achievers. If you have overcome challenges to get into tertiary education, you should apply for this bursary.

“We can support up to 40 students this year, depending on availability,” said Genevieve Smith, sustainability manager at GrandWest.

GrandWest will be awarding bursaries to 40 Western Cape students who are studying within the following fields of study:

  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Human Resources
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering

The bursary covers 75% to 100% of the tuition fees with no payback. It will also cover the textbook allowance, ongoing academic support and mentoring, and a job market preparation workshop.

GrandWest does not require students to pay back the bursary. However, successful bursars are required to contribute 40 hours of community service.

Bursary Requirements and Eligibility

To be considered for this bursary, applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria:

  • South African citizen
  • A resident of the Western Cape
  • Completed Matric
  • Currently pursuing any of the aforementioned fields of study
  • Pursuing their qualification in a recognized Western Cape university including:
    • University of the Western Cape
    • University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch
    • Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Demonstrate competitive academic potential
  • From a disadvantaged community and have been previously excluded from socio-economic developments


How to Apply and Application Details

Application forms can be obtained upon request by sending an email to

The completed application form must be submitted along with clear copies of the following documents:

  • ID document
  • Matric certificate
  • Full academic record (on tertiary letterhead)
  • Proof of tertiary enrollment
  • Proof of address

Completed applications can be sent electronically via email to the same email address mentioned above.

The selection process includes the submission of completed applications, screening of applicants, short-listing of candidates, and a final selection.

Closing Date

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

Contact Details

For any queries regarding this bursary program, you may get in touch with Smith at:
Tel: 0215057594
Please do not send any questions after the closing date. View our other bursaries/scholarships open for application here:

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