Cape Town - Aspirant visual and performance artists who have dreamt of a career in the arts now have the opportunity to pursue it at tertiary level, thanks to the Nyoloha Scholarship Programme (NSP).
The NSP is offered by the Arts and Culture Trust and all South African residents between the ages of 17 -25 years with university exemption are eligible to apply.
In Sesotho, Nyoloha means 'rise', and the scholarship aims to educate, uplift and empower those wishing to make a career in the arts and culture sector.
Jessica Denyschen, the Interim CEO of The Arts and Culture Trust, said it was a wonderful opportunity for aspiring performers.
“The ACT NSP is specifically geared to support talented and dedicated young artists interested in pursuing a tertiary education in their artistic discipline. The winner of the ACT Nyoloha Scholarship Programme can study at any South African tertiary institution offering a degree in their chosen artistic field, ” said Denyschen.
Denyschen said that for the first time auditions for the programme will be open for all nine provinces via zoom.
Heidi Edson, spokesperson for Sun International said the company had a long history of supporting arts and culture.
“Given Sun International’s long history of supporting the arts and culture in all its forms, we are proud to support the ACT. As a group, we are synonymous with entertainment and our properties around the country regularly offer a platform to talented local artists,” said Edson.
Tobie Badenhorst, Nedbank representative said a degree from a respected institution enables people to change their lives and that of their families and communities and the performing arts empowers people to help shape the soul of the nation.
Applications for the scholarship run from 26 April to 22 May 2022. For more information of the ACT Nyoloha Scholarship, the criteria and guidelines for application and the online application form please visit www.act.org.za/nyoloha