African Scholars Fund

During the late 1960s, apartheid crippled black schooling, especially in the Western Cape where restrictions were so severe that these children usually sought their education in the old mission colleges of the Eastern Cape. At that time every race group had a separate school syllabus with its own text books and set-books.

During years of the worst apartheid, volunteers worked together in a private house. School protests in 1976 resulted in heavy-handed police tactics and widespread arrests which affected all our scholars for nearly 15 years. Some were arrested, some were tortured, many fled the country. On 27 April 1994, the day of South Africa’s first election, the organization moved to rented premises and developed into an establishment with paid office staff and an efficient computer environment.

Main Sector

  • Youth
  • Civil Society
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Justice
  • Social Development
  • Gender Equality

Donor Type

  • Embassy
  • Foundation
  • Trust
  • Community Grantmaker
  • corporate

Activity Location

  • South Africa
  • KwaZulu Natal
  • Western Cape

Contact Details

  • 22 Fleming Road, Wynberg, 7945, Cape Town, South Africa
  • P.O. Box 18097, Wynberg, 7824, Cape Town, South Africa
  • +27 (0)21 689-9094

More Details

The ASF brings to the bursars on the programme:

  • The Bursaries (we call them Awards) – alleviates the added financial pressure on families in providing the learner with basic school needs.
  • The handwritten communication from and Life Skills Sessions offered to our bursars – motivates the learner and encourages personal development, resulting in a more focused and committed learner.
  • The Grade 9 Subject Choices Advice Booklet – guides the learner to make informed decisions on subject choices & its impact on their choice of careers; highlights the difference in completing the FET phase at school or at college level and introduces an understanding on career options.
  • The Grade 10/11 Career Guidance Workbook – presents the learner with a year-long interactive process of self-identification and the career field to which they are most suited. The learner, now being clear on their post-matric plans, can bring more focus to their final year at school.
  • The Grade 12 One Year Computer Literacy Programme – equips the learner with the skills to better navigate and succeed at institutions of higher learning or should they venture immediately into the world of work.
  • The NSFAS Online Application Guide – this simplistic, step-by-step and user-friendly guide enables the learner (whether computer literate or not) to navigate the NSFAS website and successfully complete their online application for tertiary funding

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Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement (c) 2014 
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