Closing date for arts scholarship extended

ACT DALRO NEDBANK Performing Arts Scholarship 2011 at The Globe Theatre at Gold Reef City Casino. PHOTO: John Hogg.

Due to public demand, the closing date for The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Nyoloha “Road to Sun City” Scholarship Programme has been extended to Wednesday, 1 June.

According to ACT’s interim CEO, Jessica Denyschen, the programmes open call started on 26 April and the responses have exceeded expectations.

“As word spreads among matriculants, school leavers, educators and parents, the volume of applicants and enquiries continues to grow. We are pleased to extend the closing date to the end of May, thereby offering more students the opportunity to take the “Road to Sun City” and possibly win a fully paid scholarship to study at any arts institution of their choice, across South Africa,” said Denyschen.

The Scholarship Programme, supported by the Nedbank Arts Affinity, Sun City and Sun International, is open to matriculants, young performers and visual artists between the ages of 17 and 25 with a university exemption and who wish to study towards an arts degree at a tertiary institution in South Africa. Singing, acting and dancing auditions and interviews, with portfolio presentations by visual arts candidates, will take place in June 2022 via Zoom on dates scheduled by the ACT.

Thereafter, successful audition candidates will participate in mentorship activities every two weeks from 25 June to 10 September. The mentors will engage regularly with their mentees and provide support. In the final week of each month, the participants’ work will be rated as part of the short-listing exercise to determine the 12 qualifying finalists.

Participants who do not make the shortlist will continue with the programme. Their performance, commitment and body of work will be evaluated over the training and mentorship period, and the top three students will be selected to join the 12 finalists at Sun City as “wild cards”. On 8 October the winner will be announced at a spectacular gala event, hosted at Sun City.

Full details of the ACT Nyoloha Scholarship Programme application process, requirements and consent forms are available on the ACT website at and on the ACT Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. The registration fee is R100. Terms and conditions apply.

Compiled by Justine Fortuin