The Spirit Education Foundation provides educational scholarships for high school scholars in need of financial support. Scholarships are offered at specific partner high schools in the Western Cape, South Africa.

Spirit Education Foundation Scholarship Applications are open between 1 September and 31 October each year for Grade 6 learners who wish to apply for a high school scholarship at one of the Spirit Education Foundation’s partner high schools in the Western Cape, South Africa. Applicants who meet the initial application criteria will be invited to the first round of testing in Maths, English, logic and grittiness, which takes place at the end of November each year.  The results of those tests determine progression to the following rounds of testing, interviews and final selection in June of the following year.

Scholarships are awarded awarded according to various criteria:

  • Financial need – the Spirit Education Foundation considers applications from families with a combined monthly income of less than R20 000 per month
  • The results of preliminary tests and interviews – testing in Maths, literacy, logic and grittiness
  • Motivation for a Spirit Education Foundation scholarship – from the applicant’s school, their parents and the scholar themselves
  • General behaviour at school and elsewhere as well as reports from teachers
  • Achievements, academic results and commitment to hard work
  • Individual talents and future goals
  • Commitment on the part of parents or guardians to the education and care of the scholars
  • Acceptance at one of the Spirit Education Foundation partner high schools and available donor funding at that particular school for a five year period. Spirit Education Foundation Scholarships will not be considered at schools not included in the above-mentioned list of partner high schools.
  • Spirit Education Foundation Scholars must maintain an aggregate of at least 60% and must uphold the Spirit Education Foundation Code of Conduct at all times throughout high school. Failure to uphold this Code of Conduct may result in the loss of scholarship.

Please note:

  • The Spirit Education Foundation does not administrate applications to high schools on behalf of scholarship candidates. Applications to preferred high schools must be conducted by the applicants and their parents / guardians before the specified application deadline determined by the Department of Education (usually towards the end of March of the year before year of admission.)
  • Scholarship applications for 2019 and 2020 are closed.
  • Scholarship applications for Grade 8 in 2021 will open from 1 September 2019 until 31 October 2019.
  • For all scholarship application enquiries please email