FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar Scholarship 2024-2025

FirstRand Laurie Dippenaar Scholarship 2024-2025


Lauritz “Laurie” Dippenaar co-founded FirstRand Limited, along with GT Ferreira in 1977, a financial service provider organisation in South Africa. A self-made millionaire banker; investor and businessman, Dippenaar is now the former CEO of the FirstRand financial Group and currently serves the organisation in a non-executive capacity. He is also the Chairman of OUTsurance, Momentum and Discovery and is a qualified Chartered Accounted.
Dippenaar has set up a scholarship programme to help students through their tertiary education.


This bursary programme is for international postgraduate study to a maximum value of R750 000 per annum, for a maximum duration of 2 years.

The bursary recipient will be required to return to South Africa on completion of their studies, for a minimum duration of 5 years.

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Applicants must satisfy the following minimum entry criteria before applying:

  • South African citizen,
  • Studying towards a postgraduate degree,
  • Studying outside of South Africa at any internationally recognised university,
  • Have NOT studied outside of the country before,
  • Conditionally accepted by your university of choice,
  • Excellent academic record.

* Preference will be given to applicants under 35 years old.

The bursary will be awarded based on the following 4 factors: academic excellence, ability to be a destiny change, leadership qualities and community involvement.


Apply online at:
The following documents must be uploaded with your online application:

  • Copy of your ID document
  • Photo of face
  • Copy of your Matric results
  • Minimum of 2 references (people whom you have worked under in an academic setting or in another area of interest). Confidential references can be emailed from the referee to: and clearly marked with your name (or can accompany your application form).
  • A personal statement explaining why you deserve to be awarded this scholarship (max. 1 000 words)
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23 February annually

Shortlisted candidates will be informed by April and will be required to attend a final interview in Sandton during April. Final announcement regarding bursary winners will be announced before the end of May.


For any bursary queries, please contact:
Beth van Heerden

 Learnerships : Bursaries :

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