Scholarship applications for Grade 8 2022 are closed.

Please note that we have experienced a slight delay in the release of the Grade 8, 2022 scholarship applications feedback. Shortlisted candidates will be notified by the 6th of February 2021 via SMS.


Scholarship applications for Grade 8 2021 have been withdrawn.

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and with the utmost concern for our staff and learners, the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy For Girls Board and Executive Committee have decided to withdraw the application process for Grade 8 2021. Effectively, no places will be offered to learners in 2021.

Please note that it remains the responsibility of the parent/guardian to ensure that their child is enrolled in a school for Grade 8 2021. As such, we strongly encourage parents/guardians to apply to other schools for the 2021 school year.    


Learners are eligible to apply for a scholarship if all of the following conditions are met:

  • The learner is a girl, currently in grade 6 (2020).
  • The learner is a South African citizen.
  • The learner's combined total household income of less than R30 000 before deductions.
  • The learner achieved above 70% for English on their 2019 Grade 5 and 2020 Grade 6 term 1 report.
  • The learner achieved above 70% for Mathematics on their 2019 Grade 5 and 2020 Grade 6 term 1 report.

Please note that a full verification is conducted and untruthful or incorrect applications will be disqualified.


Terms and conditions apply. No correspondence will be entered into. The Academy's Selection Committee's decision is final.

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: Document Verification

Verification and reference checks are carried out on all applications.

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.

Non-discriminatory policy

The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls - South Africa admits students of any race, colour, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programmes and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the Academy. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programmes, athletic, cultural, residential and other school-administered programmes.