Our history is rooted in South Africa’s darkest hour, the student uprisings of 1976. Established in 1974 to promote equal education. our vision remains strong, 50 years later.
A South Africa where potential finds opportunity.
StudyTrust is an educational public benefit organisation that connects learners with potential and determination to study opportunities. We administer bursaries and scholarships and provide mentoring and support to help tertiary students thrive academically and personally. Our programmes complement students’ technical and academic skills, preparing them for meaningful employment and to become active contributors to the economy.
Where it all began
StudyTrust was initiated as a response to the inequality in education that led to South Africa’s student uprisings of 1976. Our work was about empowerment and a call to action against unequal educational opportunities for students based on race. Our 50-year history is a testament to our passion and drive to connect all students, with potential and determination to study opportunities, through bursaries and scholarships. StudyTrust has since been a source of hope to young people who are eager to develop their capabilities and keen to break the cycle of poverty through education.
Our scale & impact
Year history & experience
Bursaries and scholarships
Billion Rands in bursaries
Level QSE B-BBEE contributor
What Sets Us Apart
Our services are clustered into Bursary Management and Administration, Student Mentorship and Talent Development.
We are tax-exempt and may issue Section 18A tax receipts. Donations and grants may be verified for Socio-Economic, Skills and Enterprise Development rating purposes. Our level one BEE rating maximises contributions disbursed through us.
Our team manages the value chain of bursary management and talent development. We provide solutions across systems and platforms. Working with us means you deal with one accountable service provider.
Registered Educational Trust
PBO Tax Exempt
NPO Sustainability Rating
Level One (>91%)
50 Years experience
R1 billion+ in bursaries to students
30 000+ Bursaries & scholarships awarded
UNHCR Implementing Partner
StudyTrust is an educational trust and public benefit organisation, that connects learners with potential to their study opportunities.
We administer bursaries and scholarships, provide mentoring and support to help tertiary students thrive academically and personally.