Tuesday, 18 October 2016
Department of Social Development is currently accepting bursary applications for Bachelor of Social Work Degree for the 2017 academic year. If you are interested in becoming a Social Worker, this opportunity is for you.
The Social Work Scholarship programme is intended to provide financial assistance to deserving students to enable them to complete the Bachelor of Social Work degree (BSW).
It facilitate access to higher education and training institutions and ensures development of skills, thereby increasing the capacity of social work professionals.
While the programme is open to all eligible students for whom social work is a career of choice, priority will be given to youth between the ages of 18 – 35 years.
This is in line with government’s broad goals geared towards youth development and promoting active participation of youth in socio-economic activities. Social work is a caring and helping profession; therefore young people and students who REALLY want to pursue this noble profession and joint the current social work workforce in making a difference in people’s lives, must apply.
What does the scholarship cover
Funds allocated for the Social Work Scholarship pay for (a) registration, (b) tuition, (c) prescribed books, (d) on-campus accommodation, including off campus accommodation premises contracted to the university or privately owned accommodation, (e) meals, and (f) stipends for practical work experience as determined by the university.
Specific details on how to access funds and submission of claims for specified items are outlined in the contract to be signed by successful applicants.
Who should apply for the scholarship
Application for scholarship is open to South African citizens and are:
- Grade 12 learners who meet admission requirements to study for Bachelor of Social Work degree (BSW) at any South African university. It is therefore the responsibility of students to make applications for admission at various universities of their choice.
- Students currently studying towards BSW degree at any South African university. In order to be considered for allocation of the scholarship, current students must have passed and be progressing to the next level of their studies as per specific requirements of respective universities.
- Students who come from disadvantaged communities.
- Students with financial need based on assessment of financial status of their household.
- Social Auxiliary workers, child and youth care workers and assistant community development practitioners in the employment of Non-Governmental Organisations who are interested in studying BSW degree.
Since the scholarship is exclusively for BSW degree, any student who chooses to change from BSW to any other degree, drops out or deregisters from the degree will lose benefits as outlined in the scholarship contract.