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Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Bursary South Africa 2023-2024


Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Bursary South Africa 2023-2024: The Ernest Oppenheimer bursary is specifically for current Matric students who intend on studying Engineering, Geology, or Accounting, at a recognized South African tertiary institution in the following year. Students will be selected based on academic performance and financial need.

Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Bursary South Africa

The Oppenheimer family is deeply committed to education in South Africa and believes that every South African should have access to high standards of education at all levels.


Sir Ernest Oppenheimer, son of a German cigar merchant, moved from London to South Africa in 1902 at the age of 22. Hard-working and entrepreneurial, he and his partners formed the Anglo-American Corporation of South Africa Limited in 1917. The business grew rapidly as did his involvement in civil society and philanthropy. He represented the Kimberley constituency as a member of the United South African Party led by General Jan Smuts from 1924 to 1938 and impressed upon the shareholders of Anglo American “The policies and enterprises of our Corporation are directed with a high sense of the public interest and with the aim of performing useful services to the community and the country; we should earn profits but in such a way as to make a real and permanent contribution to the well-being of the people and to the development of South Africa.”

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Following Sir Ernest’s death in 1957, Harry Oppenheimer honored his father’s memory as a man committed to the common good, when he established The Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust “…. in consideration of the love and affection which he bore him.” With a generous donation of £1,000,000 (matching the issued share capital of the Anglo-American Corporation 40 years before) the Trust set out to use its income and, if necessary, portions of the capital, “for the benefit of any institution for the advancement of science or art or of an educational, charitable or ecclesiastical nature, …. and otherwise wholly for purposes which are in the public interest….”. The Trust Deed guides rather than restrict the Trustees, stating that “… such assistance and aid shall be primarily for the benefit of the people of the Union of South Africa, South West Africa and the Federation of the Rhodesias and Nyasaland irrespective of race, color or creed….”.

Ahead of its time? Undoubtedly within the South African context. The 1950s were a period of enormous upheaval for the majority of South Africans. Increasingly repressive apartheid laws impacted on every aspect of the lives of black South Africans through a process of unprecedented social engineering. Inequality was embedded. It was against this socio-political backdrop that the Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust – now known as the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust (or OMT) – framed its founding documents, committing to the progress of South Africa and all its citizens.

Like his father, Harry Oppenheimer was known both for his business acumen and enlightened approach to the role of business in society. From the outset, these characteristics informed the intent of the Trust and its activities, consistently responsive to the prevailing environment to ensure that resources were targeted effectively. A sound and conservative investment policy guaranteed the sustainability of the Trust and the inclusion of non-family members as Trustees, drawing on individuals with different life experiences, offered a broad and invaluable perspective to support its philanthropic giving.

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The history of the OMT has been varied and invariably full. Support for education was – and remains – of paramount importance.

Over the past twenty years, the Trust has refined its focus (as indicated in the Overview) and a number of the types of grants, organizations and projects, and programs referred to in the text of the catalog “OMT 50 Years” are no longer on offer.


The Ernest Oppenheimer bursary is specifically for current Matric students who intend on studying Engineering, Geology, or Accounting, at a recognized South African tertiary institution in the following year.

Students will be selected based on academic performance and financial need.


Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying (please note that failure to satisfy all the requirements will lead to your application not being considered):

  • South African citizen OR a South African permanent resident
  • In need of financial assistance to complete your studies
  • Students who intend on studying Engineering/ Geology: must have obtained a minimum level 6 for Mathematics and Science
  • Students who intend on studying Accounting: must have obtained a minimum level 6 for Mathematics


You may apply in one of the following ways:
1) Firstly, you will need to register an account and then log in to complete your application. The promo code to be used is F2017)

2) By downloading and completing the Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Bursary Application Form (.pdf)
If you are applying via the application form, your application must be submitted in one of the following ways
a) Email: applications@careerwise.co.za
b) Fax: 086 609 7183
c) Post:
Career Wise (Pty) Ltd
PO Box 30632

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You will be required to submit copies of the following supporting documentation (if you are applying online: these documents must be uploaded to your online profile if you are applying with the application form: you must attach copies of the documents and not originals) (the submission of these documents is compulsory – if any items are missing, your application be disregarded):

  • ID document (certified copy)
  • Photograph (passport size)
  • Grade 11 final results (current Matric students)
  • Proof of admission into a tertiary institution (current Matric students)
  • Matric certificate (if completed Matric)
  • Full academic record to date (current tertiary students)
  • Proof of financial need (proof of household income)


Not Specified yet…


For any queries related to this bursary programme, please contact Career Wise directly:
Tel: 086 100 8777 / 086 100 7787
Email: applications@careerwise.co.za / info@careerwise.co.za


SWITCHBOARD: +27 (0)11 551 9500

The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust

Ground Floor
the Reserve
54 Melville Road
Illovo 2196
South Africa


Email: basiceducation@omt.org.za


Email: HFO@omt.org.za


Email: localpostgrad@omt.org.za


Email: intlpostgrad@omt.org.za


Email: sabbatical@omt.org.za


Email: info@omt.org.za


Email: informationofficer@omt.org.za



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