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Call for Application: 2021 Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls – South Africa

Deadline: 21 February 2020

The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls provides students in Grades 8 through 12 with an opportunity to develop their full intellectual, social and leadership potential. To be eligible, girls must be South African, demonstrate academic and leadership potential, and come from a disadvantaged background.




The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls - South Africa is a female boarding school founded in January 2007 and located in Johannesburg, South Africa. The academy was founded by Oprah Winfrey with the goal of providing educational and leadership opportunities for academically gifted girls from impoverished backgrounds.


Scholarship applications for 2021 open on 20 January 2020 and will close at midnight on 21 February 2020. Only applications for grade 8 2021 will be accepted. All other grades at the Academy have reached their capacity. If you have not heard from the Academy by 14 March 2020 your application has not been successful.


Students may qualify for a scholarship if:


  • their mark for Maths & English is above 70%

  • they are a South African Citizen or permanent resident

  • their family or household total income before deductions is less than R30 000 per month

  • they are currently in Grade 7 (2020)


The Selection Process

Once all applications have been received and screened, testing will be arranged for those applicants who meet the criteria. There are several stages to the selection process:


Stage 1: Entrance tests

Applicants who meet the initial criteria will be invited to write entrance tests, which will be held at a number of different venues throughout South Africa.


Stage 2: More extensive testing - academic and leadership potential

Further selection and more extensive testing of academic and leadership potential will follow.


Stage 3: Selection camps – clinical interviews and a range of psychological assessments

Final selection camps, lasting 2 or 3 days, will be held at the Academy later in the year.


Stage 4: Home visits and registration

All successful students will be registered at their homes at the end of the process.


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