Applying for a bursary
So you’re at the end of your matric year and you’re starting to panic about university or tertiary. Don’t worry choma, you’re not alone. Everyone gets a bit anxious when they’re in their last year at high school. It can be especially worrying if you want to further your education by enrolling in a tertiary institute and you’re not sure where you’re going to get the funds from. There are options for studying further when you don’t have the money. These options are:
- Taking out a student loan
- Working while you study
- Bursaries or scholarships
Not everyone wants to take out a student loan or is able to work while they study, so let’s look at bursaries as an option chomas.
Bursaries are grants given to students that enable them to further their studies. Unlike loans, when you receive a bursary, you’re not expected to pay the money back. However, you might be required to ‘pay it back’ by signing a work contract (which isn’t too bad because then you’ll at least know that you have a job after you study). When you work and what you do depends on the company you receive your bursary from.
When it comes to applying for a bursary, you need to apply for one before you finish your Grade 12 and not after. Many applications close a few months before the year ends (if you’ve been checking for bursaries chomas, you may have noticed that the closing dates were around September/October or earlier). However, there are a few left open. I’ve added a link below where you can check for bursaries that are still available.
So here’s what you need to remember when applying for a bursary:
- Make sure that your application is for the upcoming year. So for those who need a bursary for next year, the application form should say 2016.
- Be sure about your application with a specific company. Remember that you might be required to work for them later.
- Remember that companies usually give higher preference to students who are hardworking and with good marks.
- Applying doesn’t guarantee that you will get a bursary, so apply for as many bursaries as possible – don’t just send out one application.
- You might be required to write a motivational letter. So think clearly about your application and your reasons for applying.
- Remember that applying for a bursary is not the same as applying for tertiary. You will need to apply for both separately. Universities have their own closing dates for applications, so keep this in mind.
As I mentioned above, there are still bursaries that you can apply for until the end of November. They are too many for me to list here but I found a website that updates their information about jobs, bursaries and internships often that will be very useful. Click here for November applications.
Good luck chomas! Will you be applying for a bursary? Let me know in the comments section.
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