First and foremost, to complete a bursary application, the applicant must first ensure that they meet the requirements of the bursary that they will be applying for.
These requirements often require that the student be a permanent South African resident and possess a South African ID, have a strong academic record, be accepted at a recognised institution, be studying towards a particular qualification, and so on.
Once the applicant has deemed themselves eligible for consideration, they would typically have to fill in a bursary application form with their personal details including contact details, details of the qualification that they would need the bursary for, and so on. Along with the application letter, the following documents may be required:
- A certified ID copy of the applicant
- A certified ID copy of the applicant’s guardian/parent (if under 18 or if required to prove financial need)
- Proof of household income (to prove financial need)
- Proof of address
- A letter of motivation. This is where the applicant would make their case, proving why they are the right candidate for the bursary option, explaining their financial situation in greater depth, and talking about their academic pursuits and how the bursary may help them achieve their goals
- Proof of academic records
It is, however, important to note that each bursar may expect different things that may not be on the aforementioned list. Nonetheless, this list does represent what a student may typically be expected to produce with their bursary application.
For further information regarding how to write a bursary motivational letter, click here.