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Ruta Sechaba Foundation Scholarship South Africa 2018 – 2019
May 24, 2017 Bursaries

Applications for the 2018 Ruta Sechaba Foundation Scholarship Programme are now open.

The foundation was established in 2016 to provide scholarships, bursaries and awards to qualifying learners at Curro or Curro-managed schools. The PSG Group BEE Education Trust is the initial donor to the Foundation.

The PSG Group BEE Education Trust was founded by the PSG Group in 2006. The aim of the Trust is to provide monitored financial support for education purposes to Black South African citizens. The PSG Group BEE Education Trust has identified the Ruta Sechaba Foundation, and Curro as its key partner in education, to assist in achieving this objective.


Only learners who meet the following criteria will be considered:

  • Black learners only (Black means African, Coloured and Indian as defined by the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, ‘BBBEE Act’);
  • Learners who are South African citizens only;
  • New learners from Grades 8 to 11 (subject to writing ‘entrance’ exams to determine academic standards);
  • Existing learners from Grades 8 to 12;
  • Learners achieving academic excellence measured as: • Attaining an overall aggregate of 60% or above in the latest academic report; • Attaining at least 60% in Mathematics and English in the latest academic report (hereinafter referred to as ‘Minimum Academic Standards‘).
  • Clearly demonstrate financial need – A combined household gross income not exceeding R30 000 per month (‘Minimum Financial Need Requirement’). Further consideration will also be given to those families that have more than one learner at the school, as well as those learners who board. (Parents will be required to provide proof of income earned).
  • The Minimum Financial Need Requirement may be waived by the Scholarship Approval Committee if the learner demonstrates exceptional academic results. Exceptional is defined as an overall aggregate of > 85%.
  • Set out below is guidance on the expected level of scholarships provided based on academic performance:

– Grade of learner Academic excellence criteria Scholarship allocated Scholarship allocated if a boarder at the school**
– Grades 8 to 11* 90% + average Up to 100% Up to 100%
– Grades 8 to 11* 80% + average Up to 75% Up to 85%
– Grades 8 to 11* 60% + average Up to 65% Up to 75%


Scholarships may be awarded for excellence in sport, to the participating school. These scholarships
are designed to attract top-performing individuals in sport to the participating schools.

Only learners who meet the following criteria will be considered for a sports scholarship:

  1. Black learners only (Black means African, Coloured and Indian as defined by the BBBEE Act);
  2. Learners who are South African citizens only;
  3. New and/or existing learners from Grades 4 to 12;

All applicants are required to complete an application form and submit all the required information in order to be considered eligible to receive a scholarship.


  • The Scholarship Approval Committee and the Foundation may exercise its discretion in awarding scholarships where a learner will make a definite positive contribution to the school on various levels, but falls just short of the specific criteria on each individual level.
  • Scholarships are only to be offered if there is sufficient spare capacity in the relevant grades within the participating school.
  • The Foundation and the Scholarship Approval Committee reserves the right to amend, remove or change any of the terms relating to this scholarship policy, at any time and without consultation.

How to apply

The closing date is 23 June 2018. Application forms are available from the schools or download it here. Applications must be accompanied by all the supporting documents.

Complete application forms with all supporting documentation can either be handed in at your nearest Curro or Curro-managed school or emailed to:

Queries can be emailed to:

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