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) 



Applicants who would like to apply for this scholarship must please take note of the following supporting documents which must accompany your application form for this particular scholarship.

You will be required to submit the following with your VCS form:

  • Certified copy of your ID or passport;
  • Copy of your Gr 11 final exam results;
  • Copy of your Gr 12 June/July exam results;
  • Copy of your Gr 12 September exam results:
  • Copy of your final NSC exam results (only applicable for applicants who have already completed Gr 12 and have opted to take a gap year).

All applicants for this scholarship must have applied for an NMMU undergraduate diploma or degree qualification starting at NMMU in 2017. Should you not have applied to NMMU for an academic qualification your application can unfortunately not be considered. Applicants can apply online for an undergraduate qualification by using the following link:

“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.