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HB & MJ Thom Bursary 2024

​The HB & MJ Thom Scholarship programme is designed to recognise and reward outstanding postmatric leadership in various fields such as sports, culture, academics, religion, and more. The scholarship is open to students who have completed an undergraduate qualification and now would like to proceed to complete a postgraduate qualification at SU. While a good academic record is not mandatory for eligibility, the University prefers applicants who have excelled in their previous academic pursuits. In addition to meeting the stipulated criteria, candidates must also submit two testimonials and a comprehensive CV along with their completed application form. 

To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must demonstrate exceptional achievements in at least two of the following categories: participation in SU student leadership structures, engagement in sports, involvement in cultural activities or community service, or leadership roles in religious organizations. The applicant must provide specific examples of their leadership accomplishments, highlighting three exceptional achievements in these areas​. ​

The scholarship committee will evaluate the applications and select the most deserving candidates based on their leadership abilities, academic achievements, and overall potential to make a positive impact in their chosen field. Scholarship recipients will receive financial assistance toward their tuition and living expenses. ​

Qualifying Criteria ​​

  • ​South African citizens only​
  • Full-time Honours, Master's, and Doctoral studies
  • ​All fields of study are considered ​
Scholarship values: Partial scholarships offered at Honours, Master's, and doctoral levels. The deadline is 30 September 2023 and outcomes will be available by December of each year. 

Please visit the scholarship website here to apply.

For more information please e-mail Mr Jongi Ndlebe ( for assistance if you need any clarification regarding the bursary.