Since 1999, the KMF has identified promising young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and given them a chance to change their own futures.

OUR VISION: To ensure access to quality education and equal opportunities for all – building a nation of positive leaders. and citizens.

OUR MISSION: The Kay Mason Foundation provides talented, under privileged scholars access to quality education, psycho-social support and life opportunities that build tomorrow’s leaders of families and communities, South Africa and the world.

The KMF Team

Richard Mason

Noëline de Goede

Lindie-Maree Ammon

Derek Dykman - Kay Mason Foundation SA Trustee

Dakin Parker - Kay Mason Foundation Independent Treasurer

Chrismaine Stoop Scholar co-ordinator

Sue van der Merwe - Chairperson

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Sue van Der Merwe is currently a Member of Parliament, where she has served in various capacities since 1996 including as a parliamentary whip and Parliamentary Counsellor to President Mbeki.

She currently serves on the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry.

Ms van der Merwe was previously the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for the period 2004 to 2010. In addition, she serves as an elected member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress.

Ms van der Merwe believes the Kay Mason Foundation and its scholars are inspiring in their combined commitment to achieving a better education for all.

Lynda Cooper - Kay Mason Foundation SA Trustee



The Kay Mason Foundation is unlike most scholarship funds.

We look at both the academic and personal potential of the candidate and support them in both areas for the duration of their schooling.

We’ve identified the top schools around South Africa and match the right learner with the right institute so that their experience is rewarding in all aspects.

We are proud of the learners who have passed through the Kay Mason Foundation program, excelling and developing as people along the way.

Watching our graduates begin to give back themselves later in life is additional reward.

Watch the video below and meet the team who run the programme as well as some of the KMF Junior scholars in the Junior programme classrooms.