2019 Bursary Application Season now closed

2019 Bursary Application Season now closed

Our Vision
A South Africa where potential finds opportunity.

Our Mission
StudyTrust joins forces with selected young people who are determined to become winners and assists them to empower themselves through further education and training in the struggle against poverty, ignorance and exploitation.

Our Goals
South Africa has a profusion of capable, motivated young people, whose only avenue out of generational poverty is education and training. Our goals are to:
    Find these individuals
    Fund their studies at the universities, universities of technologies, agricultural colleges, and TVET colleges of their choice
    Build a community of support around them throughout the duration of their academic careers
    Facilitate their transition into the world of work

The need for educational financial assistance in the country far exceeds our resources. With the support we provide our students, we aim to contribute to efforts that work to build a South African society that reflects the true potential, aspiration, and dignity of those individuals that continue to live in the dearth that was created by apartheid.

As StudyTrust, we are hardly a sliver of light in the transformation project, barely a crack.
However, South Africa is a deeply communal society. When professional employment opportunity dawns on one graduate, he or she shares that light with numerous others. Directly, and indirectly more people get to bask in their birth right, their own place under the sun.
This is how we strengthen and safe-guard our democracy.

StoryStudyTrust was established on 13 June 1974 to do something about unequal educational opportunities. Our focus over the years has remained the young person with the potential for further and higher education, but without the opportunity. People from diverse backgrounds could over the years unite around this vision. StudyTrust had become a source of hope for young individuals who in turn transformed their families and communities.

R40 million+ spent on 19,000+ bursaries and scholarships
Level 1 BEE contributor
Registered Educational Trust
Tax Exempt Public Benefit Organisation
42+ years of experience
Implementing partner of the UNHCR
NGO partner of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS)

Studietrust was founded in 1974 and two years thereafter, with the outbreak of the 1976 student revolts, the Black educational scene was seriously disturbed for a considerable period.

·   Equal educational opportunities for everyone…
“From the onset it was our conviction that equal educational opportunities for everyone in our country should be an urgent goal…
Studietrust  was established because this ideal was still distant and with the aim of sponsoring tomorrow’s long-term solutions with positive action and active support today.” (Annual Report 1982)

Trustees 2017 - 2020

StudyTrust is governed by a Board of Trustees in which 4 ex-bursars presently serve.

*   Trustees:  Dr AL Bartlett (chair), Dr HM Hofmeyr* (secretary), Mr A Horn, Mr SG Manchidi*, Ms U Masia*,  Ms MEO Sema, Mr PD Sethole,  (* ex-bursars).
*   Patron: Mr MM Morapeli.

Murray HofmeyrStudyTrust was started on 13 June 1974 through the initiative of Andries Kruger and Jan Hofmeyr, with co- workers from Soweto and Johannesburg. The South Africa of 1974 was a different place, but our focus had remained the young person with the potential for higher and further education, but without the opportunity. Faith in the power of possibility enabled people to come together in spite of the divisions of the past. 


♦  Personal details
Die Vaderland 17 Oktober 1980 Jan Malan Hofmeyr was born on 1 January 1935 in Amersfoort, Mpumalanga as the second son of Harry Hofmeyr, later director of the Stofberg Theological Seminary near Viljoensdrift, and his wife Winnie (Malan). He completed his secondary education at the Hoër Volkskool, Heidelberg, after which he studied for the ministry at the University of Pretoria, obtaining a BA in 1956 and a BD in 1959. He excelled as student leader, serving as both SRC chairman and chairman of the house committee of the student residence Sonop in 1958. At the end of that year he won the Abe Bailey bursary that enabled him to tour the UK, the Netherlands, France and Germany, where he studied industrial and inner-city mission.


Mnr Morapedi 2  Jun 1999Marake Michael Morapeli retired in 1994 as Chief Director in the Department of Education and Training. In 1982 he became the first Black Rector of the Soweto College of Education. He obtained an M Ed from Wits University in 1984.

He hailed from Bothaville in the Free State where he lost his father at a young age, resulting in him moving to Johannesburg with his uncle with whom he grew up. This move made it possible for him to progress with his education – as the child of a farmworker he would possibly at best have reached Grade 6. His uncle worked in a low paying job in a factory and the young Michael had to contribute to the cost of his education by working in shops and in gardens over weekends.


FW de Klerk Goodwill Award TrophyThe FW de Klerk Foundation would like to celebrate the Day of Reconciliation with the announcement of the FW de Klerk Goodwill Award. 

The Board of the FW de Klerk Foundation has decided to award the 2013 FW de Klerk Goodwill Award to Studietrust, a Johannesburg-based NGO that has provided thousands of bursaries to disadvantaged young South Africans since its establishment in 1974.  It believes that the activities of the Studietrust - and the excellent contribution that it has made to the education and future success of thousands of young people, particularly from disadvantaged communities - has made an outstanding contribution to the promotion of goodwill between South Africans.

The deep, unconditional and dedicated passion with which Studietrust - and particularly its founder, Rev Jan Hofmeyr, - has approached its task is an example and an inspiration to everyone who wishes to build a new and better South Africa. It is also an example for everyone involved in education of what can be done if education challenges are addressed in the right manner and with the right values. There is no doubt - given the enormous challenges that South Africa is experiencing in the sphere of education - that such examples are urgently required. The work that Studietrust is doing is also a wonderful example of what can be achieved when South Africans from different communities work together in a spirit of goodwill.

Today for Tomorrow

Donate here via our secure funding web pageTo our secure online donation page

StudyTrust invites you to join its circle of friends and donors that includes supporters from the total SA community.  We need your support urgently as the financial needs of young people in our country are growing.  A considerable number of friends prefer the use of StudyTrust’s debit order / credit card facility.  It is cost-efficient and without hassle while ensuring StudyTrust of a regular income.

StudyTrust accepts donations in the following ways:

Murray Hofmeyr
Tracy September
Sibusisu Lukhele
Dirk Lourens
Johannes (Joe) Mcira
Nomsa Xaba
Lulama Sikakane
Sharon Ramborosa
Phumla Msezane
Renias Maguchu
Phila-Sande Mkandla
Buhle Msezane
Khosi Mazibuko
Phindile Ndwandwe
Ruth Magoro
Pearl Buyeye
Nonhlanhla Mnisi

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Since 1974…

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NPO Sustainability Rating:
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Braamfontein, 2017

Physical address:
10B Clamart Road
Johannesburg, 2092


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