Scholarship | Allan Gray Orbis Foundation

Apply for the high school Scholarship Programme
Open to Gr 6 learners

Applications open:
1 June 2022

A Scholarship is your opportunity to change your life so you can change the lives of others. So this is a call to you, the young and audacious, to learn today so that you can teach tomorrow.

A Scholarship is your opportunity to change your life so you can change the lives of others. So this is a call to you, the young and audacious, to learn today so that you can teach tomorrow.

Applications open June 2020

The Aim of Our Scholarship Programme

The Foundation offers entrepreneurial development and quality education from one of South Africa’s top achieving partner high schools to students who are in financial need, display entrepreneurial potential, and have the ability to excel academically.

Equipping the youth with entrepreneurial mindsets

Our programme aims to produce a confident scholar with entrepreneurial thinking, unlocked potential, leadership qualities, a desire to create value, ability to solve problems, an aspiration and intention to be a Fellow, an understanding of the culture of community and collaboration, and a positive attitude. The Scholarship Programme is designed to equip the youth with an entrepreneurial mindset to enable future generations to redress the inequalities of the past and to continue the economic and social transformation of Southern Africa.

Potential is nurtured through mentorship

Our Scholarship Programme targets financially constrained Grade 6 learners who have significant entrepreneurial potential. Their 70% overall academic average allows them to apply for the opportunity to be placed in a quality South African High School environment for learning and growth. Their potential is nurtured through a programme which combines classroom learning with online and peers learning, as well as one-on-one interventions and access to the Foundation Online Campus (OLC). Scholars are further supported through mentorship by a dedicated Programme Officer.

Scholarship Application Requirements & Process

Applicant must be a current grade 6 learner in year of application
Applicant must be a South African citizen
Candidates must not be older than 12 years of age and not younger than 11 years of age in grade 6
Applicant must demonstrate financial need
Applicant must obtain a minimum of 70% for English and Mathematics
Application must obtain a Minimum overall average of 70%
The applicant must demonstrate the following entrepreneurial characteristics:
  • Growth Mindset - the belief that one’s intelligence can be developed
  • Self-Efficacy - self-belief to achieve goals
  • Leadership - to positively lead and influence others
  • Opportunity Identification - ability to identify opportunities of value
  • Curiosity - ability to explore and discover new information
  • Problem Solving - the ability to creatively solve problems
Submit hard copy of your application form and supporting documentation or apply online
Successful applicant will be required to write the Foundation exam in Mathematics and English for Grade 6
After the Foundation exam, successful candidates will be invited for interviews
Recommended candidates will be invited to the placement schools for interviews.
Candidates whose recommendations are approved by the placement schools will be awarded the Scholarship
Once the Scholarship is awarded, the Foundation, placement school and the Scholar’s custodian sign a Memorandum of Agreement

Do you have big plans for the future?

Do you dream of ideas that could better the world?

If you think you have what it takes to be a future boss entrepreneur, apply to join our Scholarship Programme and become one of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation’s community of current and future entrepreneurs.

Applications Open
June 2022

It really forces you to look at the problems facing the places we live in and come from, and it actually motivates you to want to make a difference because you know that you are capable of doing something amazing or very significant.

– Ada Bentsela, Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Scholar, 2015

What the Scholarship covers

Tuition and boarding
Stationery and textbooks
A monthly allowance
Toiletries, uniforms and casual clothing                    
Support for extra murals
Speakers and seminars
Annual entrepreneurial conference                    
Online Learning Campus
Programme Officer (mentorship)
Like-minded community
Gain confidence
Develop entrepreneurial mindset
Growth mindset
Unlock positivity for the future
Develop leadership qualities
Access to interactive online learning
Access to speakers and seminars
Entrepreneurial mindset development through collaboration and a community of likeminded individuals

Disclaimer: Official statistics are released on an annual basis


Applications close in mid-September annually.

If you are a South African Citizen you can only apply when you are in Grade 6. If you apply in Grade 5 or Grade 7, your application will not be accepted.

No. There is only one opportunity to become part of the Scholarship programme, and that is to apply when in Grade 6 in South Africa. We select and support learners for the whole duration

We work with a select group of partner schools and will only provide funding for learners who choose to attend one of these schools. Candidates will receive all the necessary communication from the Foundation. The Foundation places the Scholars, so they don’t need to find a school or make contact with the school until the Foundation tells them to.

Not necessarily, there is a strong possibility of boarding and a range of Day schools we in partnership with. However, each of our Scholar’s personal circumstances is taken into consideration before recommendations are made.

No. Upon successful graduation from the Allan Gray Orbis Scholarship, you will have to follow the standard application process specified to become an Allan Gray Orbis Candidate Fellow and become a Fellow in Association Programme of the Foundation.

Yes. It’s possible to lose your Scholarship should you fail to maintain the academic requirements and should you fail to keep to the agreed upon terms and conditions of the Memorandum of Agreement that governs the Scholarship Award. However, we take an active interest in all our Scholars and will do our best to give you all the support you need to maintain and excel in your studies.

No. Upon acceptance of the Scholarship, you will not be able to change from one school to another.

The Foundation operates in countries where Allan Gray Limited is represented and, therefore, offers opportunities to citizens of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland.

Greatness starts small. It starts as potential – a glimpse of what’s possible, a vision for the future. Maybe it’s not clear, or maybe you don’t see it yet, but we do. We identify the entrepreneurial spirit, and a mindset that says, “Opportunity is everywhere’. We too believe in opportunity, just as much as we believe in you. We believe that there is no greater opportunity than education, because the things you know determine how you grow.

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