The MultiChoice Bursary Scheme for the academic year 2024 has officially opened its doors, offering an invaluable opportunity to over 200 university students across South Africa. Valued at a substantial R32 million, this initiative aims to support students pursuing various disciplines within the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field.
The scheme targets undergraduates and postgraduates enrolled in their first postgraduate degrees, focusing on specialized fields such as actuarial science, electrical, electronic and information engineering, computer science and applied mathematics, information technology (AI and robotics), data and information science, and digital media technologies.
Recognizing the soaring expenses associated with higher education, MultiChoice, the parent company of DStv and Showmax, emphasizes the pressing need to alleviate the financial burden on students. The rising costs of tuition fees, accommodation, and the overall cost of living have amplified the challenges faced by South African students pursuing academic excellence.
In a statement, Tshepiso Malatjie, the chief people officer at MultiChoice Group, highlighted the pivotal role of education in shaping the future of the nation. “Education is critical, and MultiChoice recognizes that this Bursary Scheme is a crucial step in promoting and developing young talent,” stated Malatjie. “Our aim is to assist students in transforming their dreams and aspirations into tangible realities.”
The Bursary Scheme encompasses various financial aspects, covering tuition fees, registration expenses, accommodation costs, and an annual living allowance. This comprehensive support structure aims to enable students to focus on their academic pursuits without the burden of financial constraints.
Malatjie reiterated MultiChoice’s commitment to nurturing the next generation of professionals, urging eligible students to seize this golden opportunity. “We encourage eligible students to apply and grasp this opportunity to reach their full potential,” added Malatjie.
To qualify for this esteemed scheme, South African students must be registered as full-time students at a South African Institution of Higher Learning. Moreover, applicants should hail from quantile one to quantile three schools, covering all years of study up to NQF 9. The application form delineates further specifics regarding additional requirements.
The application window for the MultiChoice Bursary Scheme for the 2024 academic year will remain open until Saturday, 27 January 2024. This window presents a limited yet crucial timeframe for aspiring scholars to submit their applications and vie for this prestigious opportunity.
In an educational landscape marred by escalating expenses, the MultiChoice Bursary Scheme stands as a beacon of hope for South African students passionate about pursuing STEM-related fields. This initiative not only addresses financial hurdles but also underscores the company’s dedication to empowering the youth and fostering a brighter future for South Africa.