The 2014 Scholarship opportunity was open to last year’s Grade 6’s, who will start Grade 8 next year. The purpose of the Scholarship is to broaden the pool of eligible applicants into the Foundation’s Fellowship, which is aimed at Grade 12 learners and first year university students. The Scholarship is open to learners who show potential to excel academically, who have the desire to fully engage in available opportunities as well as those who demonstrate financial need. Scholarship recipients receive comprehensive financial support, and are given access to entrepreneurial and personal development programmes as well as mentorship opportunities to ensure their continued progress.
Each stage of the process the applicant needs to be successful in order to proceed:
- An application form is completed and assessed
- Applicants’ numeracy and literacy abilities are tested
- A supplementary application form is completed
- Interviews are conducted with the applicants
- Applicants attend a Selection Camp
- Scholars are selected
The purpose of the Selection Camp:
A Selection Camp is an assessment centre that is formulated with unique and focussed activities, allowing the Foundation to observe attitudes and behaviours that cannot ordinarily be extracted from an application form or an interview.
- The Foundation is able to assess candidates in a group setting, beyond the realms of academic and interview performance.
- The Camp provides the Foundation with an opportunity to observe the candidates’ behaviour in a social context.
- The Foundation assesses whether the candidates’ abilities and behaviours are in alignment with the Foundation Pillars: Intellectual Imagination, Achievement Excellence, Courageous Commitment, Spirit of Significance, Personal Initiative
- Psychometric testing is also done to assess the learners’ abstract reasoning and academic potential
- Assessment activities include a combination of group and individual problem-solving and creative-thinking exercises.
Outcome of the Selection Camp: There was an increase in rigour where alignment of activities and assessed behaviours were concerned. A greater spectrum of personalities was observed, especially when compared to previous Camps.
Outcome of the campaign:
Scholars Selection Statistics:
- Total applications received: 4127
- Total tests written: 1009
- Total candidates interviewed: 159
- Total candidates that attended the Selection Camp: 60
- Total recommended Scholars: 30
The success of the campaign is not based on the amount of applicants who apply, but rather the quality of eligible applicants. Of the 40 spaces available, 30 candidates were recommended for placement. This is in line with the focus on quality rather than quantity; specifically as far as academic ability and potential are concerned.
The next campaign will launch 15 July 2013, allowing learners who are currently in Grade 6 to apply for a high school Scholarship commencing in 2015.