Applications for the 2020 SITFE Bursary are not currently open as they are under review. SITFE Management will keep you updated on the latest actions.

THE SUGAR INDUSTRY TRUST FUND FOR EDUCATION (SITFE)

The Sugar Industry Trust Fund for Education (SITFE) was launched in 1965 as a private sector initiative and is regarded as one of the oldest Trust Funds in South Africa. The mission of SITFE is to support, promote and advance sustainable, quality education in South African sugarcane growing areas.
In its 55-years history, SITFE has provided bursaries to over 10 200 students, financed school building projects, provided financial assistance to tertiary institutions and has worked closely with educational organisations to improve the overall education standard in the sugarcane growing provinces, namely KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.

Current Bursaries being advertised

  • Owen Sitole College of Agriculture
  • Cedara College of Agriculture
  • Science (specify major(s)
  • Agriculture (specify major(s)
  • Children of Sugar Cane Farmers (Any field of Study)

TYPES OF BURSARIES AVAILABLE

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BURSARIES AWARDED BY FUNDING

Student Funding administered bursaries are usually awarded after Registration to financially needy applicants whose …?

CONTRACT BURSARY

A contract bursary is usually offered by a Company or organisation as part of their Human Resource initiative and entails working for the Donor for at least one year for every year sponsored (at the normal salary applicable to the job).

EXTERNAL TRUSTS ADMINISTERED BY STUDENT FUNDING

SITFE acknowledges with gratitude NSFAS (National Student Financial Aid Scheme). You are automatically considered for these bursaries when you apply for Financial Aid according to the policies and parameters operating at the time of application and the specific criteria of the Donor. Disadvantaged applicants and first years from sugarcane growing areas, where mills and sugar industry administrative infrastructure are located, receive preference.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS SITFE?

The Sugar Industry Trust Fund for Education (SITFE) was launched in 1965 as a private sector initiative and is regarded as one of the oldest Trust Funds in South Africa. The mission of SITFE is to support, promote and advance sustainable, quality education in South African sugarcane growing areas.

 

In its 55-years history, SITFE has provided bursaries to over 10 200 students, financed school building projects, provided financial assistance to tertiary institutions and has worked closely with educational organisations to improve the overall education standard in the sugarcane growing provinces, namely KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.

 

SITFE supports a wide range of programmes ranging from the school support programme; study assistance programme; in-whole school support programme; early childhood development programme; and an education centre development programme.

 

The Study Assistance Programme is regarded as the sugar industry’s flagship programme and key mechanism to assist government to redress inequalities in the field of science, agriculture and engineering.

AGRICULTURAL BURSARIES

WHO CAN APPLY?
  • Residents from the sugarcane growing provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga
  • Applicants must have been accepted or have applied to study towards a Diploma in Agriculture at Owen Sithole College of Agriculture or Cedara College of Agriculture
  • Applicants must be South African citizens
  • Previously disadvantaged individuals and first years from sugarcane growing areas will receive preference
SPECIAL NOTE: Participation in and contribution to College and community life will be favorably considered.
CLOSING DATE: Friday, 30 October 2020
For bursaries at Owen Cedara College, write to:

Hirst Simpson Agricultural Bursaries
(Cedara College) Sugar Industry Trust Fund for Education
c/o South African Sugar Association
PO Box 700
Mount Edgecombe
4300

For bursaries at Owen Sithole College, write to:

Owen Sithole Agricultural Bursaries
Sugar Industry Trust Fund for Education
c/o South African Sugar Association
PO Box 700
Mount Edgecombe
4300

In its 55 year history, SITFE has supported a broad spectrum of educational projects ranging from bursaries, infrastructure development, learner and educator development initiatives to literacy and arts and culture projects.

Study Assistance Programme

the sugar industry’s flagship programme

The study assistance programme continues to enjoy significant industry and external stakeholder support and recognition. This programme is regarded as the sugar industry’s flagship programme and key mechanism to assist government to redress inequalities in the field of science, agriculture and engineering.

SITFE is proud to include amongst its alumni a number of South Africa’s prominent leaders including Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Bonginkosi “Blade” Nzimande; Judge President of the Western Cape, John Hlophe and KZN MEC of Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo. Treasurer-General of the ANC, Dr Zweli Mkhize and his wife Dr May Mashego also received assistance from SITFE for their high school education.

The objective of the programme is to increase the number of high potential learners from disadvantaged backgrounds with access to quality education and training in the field of agriculture, science and engineering at tertiary institutions. SITFE awards a maximum of 41 full bursaries on an annual basis.

Merit & Non-merit bursary

There are 16 University bursaries provided to students on a merit or non-merit basis.

Technology bursary

There are 11 University of Technicon bursaries provided to students on a needs basis.

Agricultural bursary

There are 8 Cedara and Owen Sithole College of Agriculture bursaries provided to students on a need basis.

Children of Farm Workers

There are 6 bursaries provided to children of farm workers who can study any field of study.

WHAT IS SITFE?

The Sugar Industry Trust Fund for Education (SITFE) was launched in 1965 as a private sector initiative and is regarded as one of the oldest Trust Funds in South Africa. The mission of SITFE is to support, promote and advance sustainable, quality education in South African sugarcane growing areas.

In its 55-years history, SITFE has provided bursaries to over 10 200 students, financed school building projects, provided financial assistance to tertiary institutions and has worked closely with educational organisations to improve the overall education standard in the sugarcane growing provinces, namely KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.

WHERE TO STUDY?

FOR BURSARIES AT CEDARA COLLEGE, PLEASE WRITE TO:

Hirst Simpson Agricultural Bursaries (Cedara College)
Sugar Industry Trust Fund for Education
c/o South African Sugar Association
P O Box 700
Mount Edgecombe
4300

FOR BURSARIES AT OWEN SITOLE COLLEGE, PLEASE WRITE TO:

Owen Sitole Agricultural Bursaries
Sugar Industry Trust Fund for Education
c/o South African Sugar Association
P O Box 700
Mount Edgecombe
4300

  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Witwatersrand
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • University of Zululand
  • University Stellenbosch
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of Johannesburg
  • University of the Western Cape
  • University of Fort Hare
  • Rhodes University
  • Durban University of Technology
  • Mangosuthu University of Technology
  • University of Mpumalanga
  • Sol Plaatje University
  • Tshwane University of Technology
  • Owen Sithole College of Agriculture
  • Cedara College of Agriculture

WHO CAN APPLY?

Who Can Apply?

  • Residents from the sugarcane growing provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga
  • Applicants must have been accepted or have applied to study towards a Diploma in Agriculture at Owen Sitole College of Agriculture or Cedara College of Agriculture
  • Applicants must be South African citizens
  • Previously disadvantaged individuals and first years from sugarcane growing areas will receive preference

Closing date: Friday, 30 October 2020

In its 55-year history, SITFE has provided bursaries to over 10 200 students, financed school building projects, given assistance to tertiary institutions and has worked closely with specialist educational organizations to improve overall education standards.

INFORMATION AND APPLICATION

 Please download the application forms below.

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