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About Canon Collins

Canon Collins Trust, established in 1981, is a community of researchers and activists working towards social change and impact. The trust was founded by Canon John Collins, known for his involvement in social movements such as Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Christian Action, and the British Anti Apartheid Movement. Canon Collins Trust focuses on education and human rights to empower individuals in southern African society.

Canon Collins Thekgo Bursaries

The Canon Collins Thekgo Fund was initiated by professionals to promote access to higher education. This bursary scheme covers the initial registration fee for eligible applicants, enabling them to enroll in tertiary institutions. The program also assists students in accessing alternative funding support.

The bursary aims to help students who cannot access their academic records or degree certificates due to unpaid university debts after completing undergraduate or honors studies. This addresses the issue in South Africa where outstanding debts lead to academic records being withheld, preventing students from employment or further education opportunities.

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The bursary offers R10,000 to eligible applicants who completed undergraduate/honors studies in the following fields at institutions in Limpopo, Northern Cape, and Eastern Cape provinces:

  • Media Studies
  • Languages and Literature
  • Gender Studies
  • Arts (Drama, Performance Studies, Digital Arts, Visual Arts, Fine Arts, Film and Television Studies, History of Art, Music, etc.)
  • Education

Canon Collins Thekgo Bursary Requirements and Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify for the bursary:

  • National of any African country or have refugee status
  • Completed undergraduate studies (3 or 4-year Honors or Bachelor’s degree) at a public university in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, and North West Provinces in the eligible disciplines
  • Missed 1 graduation or didn’t receive their degree due to outstanding debt not exceeding R10,000
  • Academic merit
  • Financial need
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How to Apply and Application Details

Complete the Canon Collins Thekgo Bursary Application Form and submit the following documents:

  • Certified copy of ID/passport
  • Recent university fees statement confirming outstanding debt not exceeding R10,000
  • Proof of missed graduation or withheld degree certificate
  • Reference letter from an academic confirming strong academic record
  • Comprehensive CV and documents demonstrating commitment to your discipline
  • Proof of financial need (bank statements, affidavit, or statement of oath confirming economic difficulty)
  • Email applications to with subject line “Thekgo Bursary Application – Your Full Name”

Closing Date

The application deadline is April 26. Late applications will not be considered.

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Contact Details

For more information or application status inquiries, contact Canon Collins:


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