2024 Allan Grey Orbis Scholarships Application

Looking forward to getting a scholarship to study in South Africa, here is an opportunity for you. Allan Grey Orbis Scholarship Foundation is offering a free scholarship (fully funded) to all qualified students. Simply go through this article and learn everything you need to know about the Allan Gray Orbis scholarship 2023/2024.

About Allan Grey Orbis Scholarships

The Scholarship Foundation gives high school scholarships to students who need money, are curious, have an entrepreneurial spirit, and have the potential to do well in school.

Scholarship winners are called “Allan Gray Orbis Scholars,” and they get money for high school and access to programs and support to help them develop their entrepreneurial skills. We want to build a group of young leaders with an entrepreneurial spirit so that our Scholars can go to college through the Fellowship Programme.

The Scholarship Programme focuses on teaching students to think like entrepreneurs, master themselves, and do well in school. We think that having an entrepreneurial mindset will help our Scholars do well in school and be good leaders.

This Scholarship is available in three countries, but each one has a different model:

South Africa –  High school students can apply for the Scholarship. Applicants can be in the 6th grade.

Botswana / Swaziland – Students in Grade 12 who need a post-Matric to get into a South African university can apply for this scholarship.


Who Can Apply for the Allan Grey Scholarships

The programme is open to open to Gr 6 learners in South Africa, Botswana students and Swaziland.

The Aim of Allan Grey’s 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.

The full list of Allan Grey Scholarship partner placement schools

Eastern Cape:

  • Clarendon High School for Girls
  • Selborne College High School
  • Collegiate Girls’ High School
  • Grey High School
  • St Andrew’s College (Grahamstown)
  • Diocesan School for Girls
  • Diocesan School for Girls (Grahamstown)
  • Hudson Park High School (Boarding/Day School)
  • Alexander Road High School (Day School)


  • St Alban’s College
  • King Edward VII School
  • St Andrew’s School for Girls
  • St Mary’s School, Waverly
  • St Stithians College
  • Roedean School (SA)
  • Pretoria Boys High School
  • Parktown Girls’ High School (Day School)
  • Springs Girls’ High School (Day School)
  • National School of Arts (Boarding and Day School)
  • Greenside High School (Day School)


  • Michaelhouse
  • Epworth Independent High School
  • Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School
  • Maritzburg College
  • Durban Girls’ High School (Day School)
  • Kingsway High School (Day School)

Western Cape:

  • Bishops Diocesan College
  • St Cyprian’s High School
  • Rustenburg Girls’ High School
  • Rondebosch Boys’ High School
  • Rhenish Girls’ High School
  • The Settlers High School (Day School)
  • Westerford High School (Day School)

What Does Allan Grey Scholarship Cover – Benefits?

The Allan Gray scholarship covers the following:

  • The Scholarship programme provides access to quality high school education in any South African University.
  • Full tuition scholarship and boarding fees
  • A monthly allowance (pocket money)
  • A travel subsidy
  • Stationery and prescribed books
  • Toiletries, school uniforms and casual clothing
  • Support for extra-mural activities
  • An entrepreneurial development programme
  • Additional support to Scholars to ensure a smooth and successful transition into their new environments.

Allan Grey Scholarship Requirements – The Criteria

  • Applicant has to be a South African citizen
  • Applicant must be in Grade 6 this year (2024) to apply
  • A minimum of 70% in Numeracy and Literacy in the Foundation’s Scholarship exam. (After the application process, eligible candidates will be selected and invited to write the Scholarship exam. The exam results will be used with the primary school results to shortlist for interviews.)
  • A minimum of 70% in English and mathematics (Grade 5-6)
  • 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
  • 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. Must not give up
    • Spirit of Significance: Wants to make a difference
    • Personal Initiative: Takes initiative

When will the scholarship application begin?

The Allan Gray scholarship application form open on 1 June, 2024.


Deadline for the Allan Grey scholarship is usually September of each year. However, applications for South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland close on different dates.

How to Apply

NOTE: All applications will be submitted online through the approved medium of submission.

For more information, visit the official scholarship website at https://www.allangrayorbis.org/entrepreneurship-development-programmes/scholarship/

Selection Process

  • First, complete and submit your application forms and all supporting documentation by September 2024.
  • All applicants will be notified through SMS to acknowledge receipt of their application within a month after the closing date.
  • Applicants will be shortlisted based on academic performance and financial need.
  • Successful candidates will be called within two months after the closing date and invited to write an exam. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified via sms.
  • Successful candidates will be invited for interviews. One-on-one interviews take place between February and March 2023
  • Thereafter, all successful candidates will be invited to for psychometric testing
  • If successful at the psychometric phase, the Foundation will recommend the selected candidates to the placement schools.
  • Recommended candidates will be invited for interviews at the placement schools.
  • 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.
  • All successful candidates will know which school they will be attending the following year by August 2024.
  • From interview stage to psychometric testing and final selection, all communication takes place via telephone. The selection process takes about eleven months in total.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I lose my Scholarship once I receive it?

Yes. You could lose your Scholarship if you don’t meet the academic requirements or if you don’t follow the rules set out in the Memorandum of Agreement that governs the Scholarship Award. But we care about all of our Scholars and will do our best to give you all the help you need to keep up with your studies and do well.

2. Can I change placement schools once I am a Scholar?

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

3. Which countries can apply for the Scholarships?

South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and Swaziland are all places where the Foundation works. South Africa is the only place that gives high school scholarships to students in grades 8 through 12.

In Botswana and Swaziland, people can get scholarships after they finish high school. Botswana and Swaziland Scholarships are given to people who have applied for the Fellowship and need a post-Matric qualification to get into a university in South Africa.

4. Can I choose which school I would like to attend?

We work with a small group of partner schools, and only students who choose to go to one of these schools will get funding. From the Foundation, candidates will get all of the information they need. Scholars are placed by the Foundation, so they don’t have to find a school or get in touch with it until the Foundation tells them to.

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