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Student Resources

All bursary students receive a copy of GRAD – your guide to university success, also available online. This resource is a guide for students adjusting to the transition from high school to university. GRAD is designed to help students understand their experiences in context and provides information and tips to cope with the challenges they face. 140 000 printed copies have been distributed to South African students in 2018, courtesy of a sponsorship from Capitec Bank. GRAD is the product of a collaboration between StudyTrust, Ruda Landman’s Readers Unity and Van Schack Publishers.

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Student Mentoring and Support Services

Our aim is to provide mentorship and academic, personal and career development support to all bursary students. Our processes alert us early on when a student is struggling academically and/or socially. We work with university academic support and wellness resources and with independent private wellness providers to ensure that students have access to suitable interventions. We want a future where access to tertiary education is a springboard for young people to obtain meaningful employment and contribute to a sustainable economy.

Progress Monitoring
Our team monitors all students academic and psychosocial performance. This information identifies their ability to cope with the challenges of a tertiary career and may signal their need for psychosocial support and mentoring.
Support on Campus
We provide support to students in communities of belonging and one-on-one mentor interactions. We remain committed to developing bursary students into engaged and critically thinking individuals, able to adapt to change and access support when required.
Work Readiness
Our programmes complement students’ technical and academic skills, preparing them for meaningful employment and to become active contributors to the economy. We host workshops and seminars to equip tertiary students for academic success and the world of work. In teams students solve real-life problems – learning to collaborate, gather around a common purpose, communicate effectively and think critically and creatively.
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46+ Years experience
R700 million+ in bursaries to students

22 000+ Bursaries & scholarships awarded
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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.

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