Young Guru Scholarship


We are proud to have partnered with the Young Guru Foundation and NGO Heal the Hood to facilitate the funding of a student to study a one-year, full time Higher Certificate in Sound Production at our campus in Cape Town. Young Guru launched the scholarship when he visited our campus to present a series of workshops – you can watch two videos of his trip below.

Congratulations to Abulele Ndenze from Gugulethu in Cape Town who was recently awarded the 2013 Young Guru Scholarship.

Abulele is the first recipient of the scholarship and is pictured with SAE’s Head of Sound Production, Izan Greyling.


The scholarship is open to all South African citizens and all candidates must hold a Grade 12 certificate. The scholarship is only valid for the July 2019 study intake. Candidates will be responsible for all living and travel expenses should they come from outside of Cape Town.

In order to apply for the scholarship candidates must complete the application form, we will then send you a follow up e-mail detailing the next steps to complete your application. Young Guru will make the final decision on who the successful candidate will be.

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Revered as The Sound of New York, Gimel Keaton, better known as Young Guru, has more than a decade of experience in sound engineering, production, and A&R for the acclaimed Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings. Most recognised for shaping some of the biggest talent in Hip Hop, Young Guru has mixed 10 of Jay-Z’s 11 albums, and has earned himself a number of shout-outs on Jay-Z’s tracks paying homage to his exceptional skills behind the boards.

“The main purpose of coming here (SAE Capetown) was to set up a scholarship. It goes beyond just “Hey I’m Young Guru and I have some Grammys'”, the purpose is for me to give back as much information as possible. I don’t want it be a one time thing, to come in and give out a scholarship and leave, then there’s press about it. I want it to be a real thing that goes on every year.”

The Young Guru Foundation seeks to shape a brighter future for communities by providing financial support through the Young Guru Scholarship to students pursuing careers in Communications, Audio Engineering, Music Education and Music Business.

In addition to providing financial assistance for post-secondary education, The Young Guru Foundation assists in mentoring and advising students from junior high school through graduate school, by coordinating internship and work/study opportunities.

Young Guru sees this foundation as an opportunity that derived from his passion for teaching what he knows best, the aesthetic of sound. Looking deeper into the need for substantial involvement, The YGF will facilitate guidance and support focusing on Young Guru’s passion for the cause to further young hopeful leaders of the art.

Follow Young Guru:

Twitter:       @young_guru
Instagram:  Youngguru763


Heal the Hood was founded in 1998 by long time activist, artist and B-boy Emile Jansen (Emile YX) who is from an area in Cape Town called the Cape Flats.  The Flats are the home to many of South Africa’s previously disadvantaged communities, some of which are notorious for drugs and gangsterism.

The Flats are also an area renowned for their deeply rooted hip hop culture and it is through hip hop that Heal The Hood build sustainable projects to keep disempowered youngsters out of the gangs and off the streets.

They are responsible for running the biggest breakdancing events in the country and are know for their extensive schools program where they tour local schools teaching skills and facilitating youth interaction.

Find out more about them on their website: