Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

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At NMMU we believe in fostering excellence and have developed a prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship Programme that recognises and rewards high achievers. 

Up to 25 top achievers are selected on the basis of exceptional academic merit. The Scholarship - value at R82 782 per annum* - is renewable for each year of a first full-time NMMU undergraduate degree or diploma programme, provided academic performance remains of the highest standard. 

A Vice-Chancellor‘s Scholar has access to benefits that will enhance their academic experience. One of the most important aspects of receiving the Scholarship is to become part of a community of fellow recipients at NMMU. Scholars are given an opportunity through a tailor-made development programme to get to know students from around the country who share a commitment to academic excellence, and to enhance your academic and leadership potential. 

The Scholarship is open to South African students only. High-achieving school leavers and those who have taken a break from study for up to two years after Grade 12, who are entering university for the first time on the basis of the Grade 12 results, are welcome to apply. 

To be considered by the scholarship selection panel an academic aggregate of at least 75% in the Grade 11 (final) and 12 June/September and end examinations is required. Cambridge students with a school performance score of between 41 and 48 will be considered for selection.


*(subject to change at the discretion of the university) 



NMMU's Vice-Chancellor's selection committee will meet in due course to shortlist applicants for the 2017 scholarship. Applicants whom have applied before the closing date will be notified of the outcome n writing or via sms. Applicants who are shortlisted must please submit a certified copy of their NSC final statement of results as soon as it has been released by your school. You can e-mail this to or fax (041) 504 2810. 

“The key to fundamental social transformation lies in unlocking all human potential. It can only be built on the basis of striving for the best that lies deep within us all – a quest for excellence. ”

Prof Derrick Swartz, Vice-Chancellor and initiator of the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship Programme

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Derrick Swartz (back centre), with the 2016 VC's Scholars.

View all the photos from the 2016 handing-over event

Read what 2016 VC's Scholar Lerato Mokatedi said at the event - downloadble from the right of this page.

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