Allan Gray Orbis Foundation launches high school entrepreneurial scholarships for Grade Six learners

The high school scholarship is designed to nurture young entrepreneurial development and aims to produce confident scholars with entrepreneurial thinking.

THE Allan Gray Orbis Foundation has launched its annual High School Scholarship for Grade Six learners across South Africa. This scholarship opportunity ensures that young, potential entrepreneurs gain valuable insights, develop essential entrepreneurial skills and receive the support needed to grow their dreams into reality.

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To be a successful recipient of this scholarship, Grade Six learners must demonstrate academic excellence, entrepreneurial leadership potential, and financial need. The programme offers learners funding to enrol at leading high schools across the country in addition to support and interventions that develop their entrepreneurial talents.

Application requirements:

  • Applicants must be in Grade Six this year (2024) to apply.
  • Applicants must not be older than 12 years of age and not younger than 11 years of age in Grade Six. (Candidates must be born in 2012 or 2013.)
  • They should clearly demonstrate financial need – household income must not exceed a monthly gross income of R20 000, including business revenue.
  • Applicant must have obtained a minimum of 70% for English and mathematics in Grade Five.
  • Applicant must be a South African citizen.

Some of the main elements covered by the scholarship:

  • tuition and boarding
  • uniform, stationery, textbooks, toiletries, casual clothing
  • a monthly allowance
  • support for extra-murals
  • workshops, speaker events and seminars
  • regional entrepreneurial experience sessions
  • annual entrepreneurial conference
  • online learning conference
  • programme officer (mentorship, one-on-one courageous conversation)

How to apply:

  • Visit to apply online or download the application forms.
  • Post the application form to Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, Freepost no: CB 11349 Kloof Street, 8008. Register your mail so you can track it to avoid the application form from getting lost.
  • Hand deliver to 46 Hof Street, Oranjezicht, Cape Town, or 1st Floor, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, 1 Protea Place, Cnr of Fredman Dr and Protea Place, Sandton, Johannesburg.

Applications close on September 16.

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