NSFAS is the principal funder of tertiary education in South Africa, granting study loans to poor students enabling them to study at universities and universities of technology. Studietrust is a first tier NGO partner of NSFAS and annually administer more than R6 million in student loans to needy students.

UNHCR’s higher education scholarship programme, DAFI, helps refugees worldwide to access higher education. The scholarships of around 100 refugee students sponsored by DAFI in South Africa are administered by StudyTrust, the UNHCR’s South African implementing partner.

Socionext offers world class hands-on training in social innovation, entrepreneurship skills development and rapid prototyping based on the Lean Start-up methodology. StudyTrust has partnered with Socionext since 2009 and the annual Social Entrepreneurship Challenge is offered as a programme of the StudyTrust Winter Seminar.

The Sumbandila Scholarship Trust is a non-profit organisation, provides full Scholarships to Ridgeway College in Makhado and an Educational Outreach Programme to impoverished rural children in the Vhembe District, Limpopo. The Venda word “Sumbandila” means “point out the road’ or “Show the Way”. Sumbandila’s vision is “To transform the lives of underprivileged children with exceptional potential and create entrepreneurs and leaders who make significant contributions to society and their own communities.” Since 2013, Sumbandila learners have received tertiary bursaries through StudyTrust.


StudyTrust is an educational trust and public benefit organisation, that connects learners with potential to study opportunities.
We administer bursaries and scholarships and provide mentoring and support to help tertiary students thrive academically and personally.


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