The application procedure for Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa’s Study Buddy Fund bursary program is now open. The Study Buddy Fund was established in 2021 and has since helped 55 eligible young people access postsecondary education in the places where CCBSA operates. The Fund covers all costs associated with tuition, housing, and books.
The bursary program’s goal is to give financially struggling students who can enroll in higher education institutions comprehensive help.
The Fund will assist eligible students in places where CCBSA has operations with their tuition and living expenses for the 2023 academic year, paying special attention to the following areas: Greater Eldorado Park Community Forum, Mdantsane, Motherwell, Phoenix, Inanda, Ntuzuma, KwaMashu, and Freedom Park Motsoaledi), Tembisa, Greater Nigel, PTA West Ward 55, Westenburg – Seshego, Alabama and Mangaung.
Study Buddy Fund _ Host Community Bursary Programme applicants must be:
- Black South African, as per the BBBEE codes of good practice (Black African Learners will be prioritised)
- Must pass Grade 12 with bachelors’ admission and an acceptance from a South African based university Residing in one of the host communities will be advantageous
- Must be in Grade 12 in the recruiting year
- Must not be affiliated with Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa and its affiliates
- Must apply at an accredited South African tertiary institution and meet all criteria above
The Study Buddy Fund comprises four programme pillars:
- Host Community Bursary Programme: The Bursary Program provides scholarship support to indigent academically strong students who meet entry requirements for access to universities. This financial support covers registration, tuition, accommodation, meal allowances and textbooks.
- University Partnership: This provides funding to students already at university but who do not have bursaries and/or NFSAS funding and are often regarded as the “missing middle”.
- TVET College Support: This targets young people in CCBSA host communities who did not meet university entrance requirements. Instead, the scholarship support focuses on technical skills development, specifically geared towards the CCBSA value chain e.g: electrical or mechanical engineering.