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Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust (CRET) Bursary 2019 – 2020

About Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation formed the Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust (CRET) to support qualified South African students for better employment qualifications. CRET not only look for the top achievers but also for candidates who can show the potential to progress under the right conditions with proper support. CRET will offer not only financial support but also nurturing, mentorship and psychological and social connection. All recipients will have the opportunity to attent intensive holiday work experience programmes twice a year, for additional soft skills training and networking opportunities. Recipients are also exposed to team‐building activities, personal development as well as a supportive family environment.

Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust Bursaries

The Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust (CRET) is a programme of the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, supports deserving South African learners from disadvantaged backgrounds to continue higher education for employment qualifications improvement. CRET is a non-profit organisation which aims to improve lives and create opportunities through education accessibility and industry growth.

CRET bursary is granted to a duration of no longer than 5 years in the institution accredited by the relevant Higher Education authority. The total value of the bursary varies according to the educational institution’s cost structures and the recipient’s educational expenses. Generally, the bursary will cover tuition, books and other learning materials, accommodation expenses and meals as well as a small stipend for living expenses, dependent on other expenses. The amount allocation for each recipient is capped at a certain value as discussed before signing of Bursary Agreement, which is good for one year. Bursary may be renewed every academic year depending on academic results, commitment to the programme, communication policies, and other criteria detailed in the bursary contract.

After completion of student’s qualification, bursary recipients are not required to work for the Foundation. In addition, CRET have no obligation to provide employment opportunities to the recipients. CRET does not obligate recipients to repay the amount invested for their studies.

Bursary Requirements and Eligibility

  • Unemployed and full-time students of 16 to 30 year old who wish to pursue undergraduate studies at an accredited South African institution
  • South African citizens with a valid South African ID number
  • Registered and accepted student at an accredited institution
  • Demonstrate good academic, developmental communication skills, leadership, high values and empathetic ability
  • Proven financial need
  • Applicants who are students or wish to pursue studies in relevant and scarce skills as determined by the Department of Labour, SETAs and other labour/economic advisors, will be given preference
  • Students in any year of study who do not have a higher education qualification and is not applying for postgraduate studies are eligible to apply
  • Applications for skills development programmes will be considered based on the Bursary Selection Committee requirements and decision results
  • Distance education and part-time students may apply as long as they meet all the requirements and eligibility
  • Recipients of bursaries or funding from other sources may also be considered based on additional need

How to Apply and Application Details

  1. Download and complete the CRET Bursary Application Form.
  2. Attach certified copies of the following documents:
    • June and Final Matric results
    • South African ID document
    • Parents / guardian’s ID documents
    • Proof of income of parents / guardian
  3. Application form and complete documents should be emailed to: cretbursary@cyrilramaphosa.org

CRET may consider late applications, based on specific motivated criteria such as proven application to other bursary programmes and to recognised academic institutions within the relevant academic year.

Opening & Closing Date

30 November 2019

Contact Details

Tel: 011 592 6560
Email: cretbursary@cyrilramaphosa.org

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