The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Scholarship - which identifies, selects and invests in individuals that show potential greatness, provided 33 of South Africa’s brightest learners with the opportunity to shape their future and join the Scholarship programme.
The Scholarship covers full high school tuition and boarding fees for the 33 learners starting Grade 8 in 2016. In addition, Scholars will receive allowances to subsidise travel, stationery, textbooks, toiletries, school uniforms, casual clothing, pocket money and extra-mural activities. Scholars also have access to a development programme to encourage an entrepreneurial mindset.
The Scholarship programme placed 33 new Scholars at the following high schools:
· Bishops Diocesan College : Chad Francis and Fezile Nyathela
· St Cyprians School: Ifechukwu Ludjoe
· Clarendon High School for Girls: Achuma Kotishini , Sange Tshakumane and Ayabukwa Mntalo
· Collegiate Girls’ High School: Kiara Bouw
· Diocesan School for Girls: Esona Dyantyi
· Grey High School: Simphiwe Mjanga
· Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School: Imitha Gala
· Selborne College: Dylan Brauns
· Epworth Independent High School: Hlumelo Mkhize, Meluthando Ngema and Unathi Dlamini
· Maritzburg College: Cebolenkosi Vilakazi and Sibongimpilo Khumalo
· Michaelhouse: Tristan Naidoo
· Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School: Phiwokuhle Mzobe and Olivia Mudunge
· Pretoria Boys High School: Christian Shandu
· King Edward VII School: Theto Moloisi
· King Edward VII School: Mpho Nkutha, Sibusiso Dube and Lwazi Khaliswayo
· Pretoria Boys High School: Keletso Poto
· Rhenish Girls’ High School: Bontle Mndebele and Ntando Mwandla
· St Andrew’s School for Girls: Heritance Mathebula and Khumo Kgoadi
· St Mary’s School, Waverly: Mosa Selela and Thandiswa Nkosi
· St Alban’s College: Kagiso Motaung and Moeketsi Mkhabela
“I am humbled by the experience of working closely with young talent and inspiring South African learners who are poised to do great things in this programme. Our Scholarship focuses on the development of intellectual imagination, encouragement of personal initiative, infusion of a spirit of significance, courageous commitment and a pursuit of excellence, says Caleb Dlamini, Scholarship Director.
It is the Foundation’s hope that the Scholars have a seamless transition into the high school environment and its Development Programme is specially designed to assist in this process. Scholars are mentored to become more aware of themselves and their contexts, which help them to deal with any challenges they may face during this transition phase in their lives.
“Our Scholarship team is confident that each Scholar will make a significant impact on their immediate environment and we look forward to seeing their progress throughout their high school career,” concludes Dlamini.
The Foundation exists to identify, support and develop talented young South Africans who have the potential to become high impact responsible entrepreneurs and make a valuable difference to the social and economic fabric of South Africa. Developing high impact entrepreneurs is, however, only the means to an end: the ultimate purpose of the Foundation is to make a real and enduring difference not only to the lives of those that they have invested in, but also to the country and the region at large. Welcome on board to the future Matric Class of 2020!