In today’s competitive job market, higher education has become a crucial stepping stone for young people aiming to build successful careers. However, financial constraints often hinder many talented students from pursuing their academic dreams. Recognizing this challenge, Sage South Africa has established the Sage External Bursary to support and encourage continuous studying among youth, especially those from previously disadvantaged backgrounds and those living with disabilities.

This initiative is part of Sage’s commitment to skills development and empowerment, aiming to create opportunities for greater success and throughput in higher education.

About the Sage External Bursary

The Sage External Bursary is designed to provide financial assistance to South African students pursuing undergraduate studies at public universities. The bursary prioritizes students with disabilities, ensuring that they have equal access to educational opportunities.

By covering essential costs such as tuition, accommodation, and study materials, the Sage External Bursary helps alleviate the financial burden on students and their families, allowing them to focus on their academic and personal development.

Who Can Apply?

To be eligible for the Sage External Bursary, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Citizenship: Applicants must be South African citizens.
  2. Previously Disadvantaged Individual (PDI): The bursary is intended for students from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.
  3. Admission: Applicants must have applied for and been admitted to a public higher education institution in South Africa.
  4. Family Income: The applicant’s family income should be between R350,000 and R500,000 per annum. Those below this income bracket, covered by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), are typically not eligible. However, students below this bracket who meet the criteria but have not received a DHET bursary through NSFAS will also be considered.
  5. Field of Study: The primary fields of study for the bursary are Information Technology, Accounting, and Computer Sciences. Exceptions are made for students with disabilities, allowing them to pursue any field of study.
  6. Academic Performance: Applicants should have a current pass rate of 65% or above. For students with disabilities, a slightly lower pass rate may be accepted, though it should not fall below the institution’s expected pass rate.

Bursary Details

The Sage External Bursary covers the following costs, up to a capped amount:

  • Tuition Fees: Full or partial coverage depending on the needs and availability of funds.
  • Accommodation: This includes residence fees or private accommodation costs.
  • Stationery and Books: Essential study materials are also covered to ensure students have all the resources they need.

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Selection Criteria

Undergraduate Degree Programmes

The bursary focuses on undergraduate degrees in:

  • Computer Science/Engineering and Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Commerce (specializing in Accounting and Finance)

These fields are chosen to align with Sage’s commitment to developing skills that are in high demand in the South African job market.

People with Disabilities

Students with disabilities are eligible for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in all study programmes. This inclusive approach ensures that all students have the opportunity to pursue their academic interests and career goals.

Academic Achievement

The academic requirements for the bursary are:

  • Current Grade 12 Learners: Must have Mathematics and Physical Science marks of 75% and above.
  • Current University Students: Must consistently achieve an average of 65% and above.

How to Apply

Applications for the Sage External Bursary must be completed on StudyTrust’s online application platform. Only applications from South African citizens will be considered. The application season runs from 1 May to 30 November each year.

It is crucial for applicants to carefully read the instructions on the Bursary Applications page before starting their application to ensure all required information and documentation are provided.

The Sage External Bursary is a testament to Sage South Africa’s commitment to empowering youth through education. By providing financial support to previously disadvantaged individuals and students with disabilities, Sage is helping to build a more inclusive and skilled workforce. This initiative not only supports the personal and academic growth of students but also contributes to the overall development of the South African economy.