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As we continue to celebrate Youth Month, it’s important to highlight the significance of education in empowering our young people. One of the major challenges faced by youth in South Africa is the lack of funds to pursue their studies. Fortunately, scholarships like the Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu Scholarship Fund (SKMSF) can bridge this gap and provide much-needed financial support. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how young people can apply for this transformative scholarship.

Understanding the Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu Scholarship Fund (SKMSF)

The SKMSF, established by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), honors Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu, a young man who was executed under apartheid laws after being wrongfully accused of murder and terrorism. This scholarship fund allows young people to pursue full-time degrees in priority growth sectors and areas identified as critical and scarce skills.

Step-by-Step Application Process

  1. Check Eligibility Requirements:
    • Be a South African citizen.
    • Be between the ages of 14-35 years old.
    • Have been accepted to study at a South African public university or university of technology.
    • Demonstrate academic excellence and financial need.
  2. Gather Necessary Documents:
    • Certified copies of your ID and your parents’/guardians’ ID.
    • Proof of acceptance from a public university or university of technology.
    • Latest academic transcripts.
    • Proof of household income.
  3. Complete the Application Form:
    • Visit the NYDA website to download the SKMSF application form or collect it from an NYDA office.
    • Fill in the form accurately, ensuring all sections are completed.
  4. Write a Motivation Letter:
    • Explain why you deserve the scholarship.
    • Highlight your academic achievements, community involvement, and career aspirations.
  5. Submit Your Application:
    • Submit your completed application form and all required documents to the nearest NYDA office or via the specified online submission portal.
  6. Prepare for an Interview (if required):
    • Some candidates might be called for an interview to discuss their application further.
  7. Wait for the Outcome:
    • Successful applicants will be notified by the NYDA.

Application Deadline

Make sure to check the NYDA website for the exact deadlines for the 2025 academic year, as these can vary.

Courses to Consider Pursuing in 2025

When applying for the SKMSF, consider choosing degrees in fields that fall within the priority growth sectors and areas of critical and scarce skills. Here are some recommended courses:

  • Engineering (e.g., Electrical, Mechanical, Civil)
  • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Health Sciences (e.g., Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy)
  • Education
  • Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Law
  • Business Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Social Sciences (e.g., Psychology, Sociology)

Celebrating Success

Each year, the NYDA hosts the Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu Scholarship Fund Commemoration Dinner to celebrate the achievements of students who have benefited from this fund. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the scholarship, a milestone that highlights its significant contributions over the past decade. “The impact of the fund is quite admirable, and it has been so exciting to witness the successful journeys of its graduates,” said Asanda Luwaca, the NYDA Executive Chairperson.

The impact of the SKMSF has been profound, producing graduates who have gone on to make meaningful contributions to their communities and the country at large.


The Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu Scholarship Fund is a beacon of hope, showing that young people can overcome financial barriers and achieve greatness with the right support. By following these steps to apply, you can take a significant step towards your educational and career aspirations. Let us continue to support and uplift our youth, ensuring they have the opportunities they need to build a better future for themselves and our country.

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