The Makoena Mabusela Bursary

Applications closed on Friday 19 November 2021

This is more than just a bursary; it’s about supporting young women to honour the legacy of a woman who was passionate about women’s education and empowerment. The Makoena Mabusela Bursary Fund is invested in developing well-rounded individuals, so that graduates are not only academically qualified but are work-ready and socially conscious participants in the economy.


Financial need


Year of study

Academic potential

Study programme


  • Based on household income
  • All supporting documents must be submitted.

Bursaries are only offered to applicants who are currently in Grade 12 or in their first year of university.

Applicants currently in Grade 12 and applicants already in possession of a National Senior Certificate:

  • minimum of 70% in Mathematics (not Maths Literacy) and 70% in English

Applicants currently in first year university, pursuing STEM-related study programmes:

  • minimum of 60% in each subject

Applicants must meet the minimum entrance requirements for their chosen field of study at university.

Applicants who aim to study full time towards an undergraduate university degree at a South African University in one of the following degrees:

  • Commerce – Economics, Business Economics, Accounting, Investments and Finance
  • Engineering – Aeronautical, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Mechatronics

Applicants must be South African

How to apply

Apply online on StudyTrust’s Xhuma platform (using WhatsApp or the website) before 19 November 2021.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online. However, if this should be impossible, please email for assistance.


Closing date

The closing date for submitting applications for 2022 bursaries was Friday 19 November 2021.