The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is looking for young and dynamic NSFAS-funded students to present the new NSFAS Uncapped television show. The show, set to air later in 2019, will guide viewers on how to access funding for higher education.
NSFAS Uncapped: how to access NSFAS
The funding scheme has partnered with the SABC Foundation and the MTN Foundation to introduce the NSFAS Uncapped show.
“NSFAS Uncapped is a 13-episode show which will be aired later this year during the 2020 NSFAS applications season,” NSFAS spokesperson Kagisho Mamabolo said in an interview with The Daily Vox. NSFAS receives over 400 000 applications annually but, he says, there remains a significant number of disadvantaged youth that lack information on how to access funding. The show “will provide a step-by-step guide on how the youth from disadvantaged backgrounds can access funding from NSFAS,” Mamabolo said.
Some elements of the show will include how to apply for NSFAS funding, career guidance, a showcase of all institutions of higher learning, information on how to access allowances at university and technical and vocational education and training colleges, and providing clarity to students on challenges they encounter.
Current NSFAS beneficiaries will present the show because NSFAS believes they have the experience to better relate to the audience. “Through this show NSFAS will be able to offer skills development to currently funded students, in a form of presenting, production crew, and media production,” Mamabolo added.
NSFAS projects and the programme are run with administration funding, allocated by the treasury on an annual basis, Mamabolo noted. NSFAS’ partners have financed the entire production of the show.
How to enter the competition
To enter, make a 30-second audition video about how NSFAS helped you as a student. Post the audition video to Facebook or Twitter page using the hashtag #NSFASPresenterSearch. Rack up the likes and retweets on your video to increase your chances of winning.
Nine NSFAS-funded students, one from each of the nine provinces, will be selected.
Social media is already awash with entries for the presenter search. The competition opened on May 20 and will close on June 10 at midnight. An independent panel will screen then announce winners on June 16.
Good luck to those entering!