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

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 quality education from one of South Africa’s top achieving partner high schools to students who are in financial need, have a curious entrepreneurial mindset, and have the potential 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, 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 an esteemed South African High School. Their potential is nurtured through a programme which combines classroom learning with online and peers learning, as wellas one-on-one interventions. Scholars are further supported through mentorship by a dedicated Scholar Development Officer.

Scholarship Application Requirements & Process

Applicant must be a current grade 6 learner in year of application
Applicant must be a South African citizen
Applicant must be 12 years of age in the year of application
Applicant must demonstrate financial need
Applicant must obtain a minimum of 70 % for English and Mathematics
Applicant must obtain a minimum of 70% average for remaining subjects
The applicant must demonstrate the following entrepreneurial characteristics:
  • Intellectual Imagination: Enjoys being creative
  • Achievement Excellence: Set high standards for themselves
  • Courageous Commitment: Must be determined to finish tasks they start
  • Spirit of Significance: Wants to make a difference
  • Personal Initiative: Takes initiative
Submit hard copy of your application form and supporting documentation or apply online
Successful applicant will be required to write an exam
After the 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.

Application Open
June 2020

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                    
Scholars Development Officer (mentorship)
Like-minded community
Gain confidence
Develop entrepreneurial mindset
Open your eyes to your full potential
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


The Foundation runs in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland. High school Scholarships for Grade 8 to Grade 12 learners are offered in South Africa only.

Post-Matric Scholarships are offered in Botswana and Swaziland. Botswana and Swaziland Scholarships are specifically offered to candidates that have applied for the Fellowship and who require a post-Matric qualification to get access to a South African university.

Applications close in September annually.

If you are a South African 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.

There is a strong likelihood of boarding. 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 for your country to become an Allan Gray Orbis Candidate Fellow.

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.