History of the Scheme

The Businesswomen’s Association has been awarding bursaries to deserving post-graduate (women) students, since 1988.

Criteria for eligibility

  • Women students
  • Who are South African citizens or residents
  • Pursuing a post-graduate degree
  • At a recognised South African tertiary institution (Institute of Technology / University)
  • In a business related / relevant field, e.g. Commerce, Information Science, Business Science, Business Engineering, Human Resources, etc.
  • Nedbank employees are not eligible for this bursary

Bursary Amounts

The Bursary fund is accumulated from the proceeds of the Businesswoman of the Year Award to be paid out as follows:

  • 80% of the profits of the BWOYA, to be paid out in bursaries. Any other donations or income generated, to be paid out in full, as bursaries.
  • Remaining 20% to be kept in an interest bearing account, to cover potential shortfalls in any following years, e.g. if the BWOYA were not to be held one year, or not to be profitable one year.
  • These accumulated funds to be reviewed every 3 years and a decision made by Council whether the full amount will remain in the interest bearing account, or whether a portion will be paid out and if so, what portion.

Procedure for applying

Application form is available from your local branch.

Applicants must originally come from the region of the branch that they are applying at, i.e. have been born and completed high school in that region, but can be pursuing their studies anywhere in South Africa.

Please note each branch has their own opening & closing dates. Please contact your branch for further information.

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  • Bridgette says:

    l have obtained a national diploma in accounting at unversity of johannesburg ,l would to convert it to bcompt at unisa.my ouestion for is that do you of busaries for unisa student l reside in soweto

    • admin says:

      Hello Bridgette,

      Please follow the link at the end of the post. The orange area… Otherwise look for this: “Please contact your branch”

      All the best.

  • gugulethu dlamini says:

    can i please apply for the 2012 bursary in order for me to be able to finish up my degree im a very dedicated student who is able to work undder any circumstances if only i could be able to be granted this bursary my dreams will be acccomplished to finish my degree thank you