The Scholarship

The Old Mutual Education Trust scholarships provide funding to study on a full-time, part-time or distance-learning basis for a first-time undergraduate degree/diploma (including BTech) at an accredited Higher Education Institution in South Africa.

Who may apply?

You may apply for a scholarship if:

  • You are a member or employee of one of the participating trade unions.
  • You are a child (inclusive of an adopted child or step child), or grandchild, or other child blood relation of a member or employee and you are not yet 25 years old.
  • You are a spouse of a member or employee or are living with a member or employee in a relationship akin to a marriage.

The scholarship* covers:

The scholarship contributes towards tuition, prescribed books and/or other approved study materials, accommodation and meals. The scholarship is automatically renewed upon academic progression to the next year of study and does need to be repaid.


You will be personally responsible for the payment of any other fees, costs, or expenses associated with your course of studies, including any shortfall which the scholarship does not cover.

You are personally responsible to register (including any registration costs) and to apply to the applicable Higher Education Institution for your chosen course of study.

How are the scholarships awarded?

The scholarships are awarded primarily on the basis of academic ability and the financial needs of the applicant. The Board of Trustees will consider any other relevant factors when making the final decision on granting the scholarships.

The Old Mutual Education Trust reserves the right to adjust or withdraw any scholarship amount that may be awarded in terms of this application, should you be a beneficiary of other financial assistance (e.g. bursary, grants, loans, scholarships, awards, etc).

Students who are awarded the scholarship do not need to pay back the scholarship.

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