SBF gives students with academic promise, character and grit the opportunity to excel in South Africa’s best high schools, universities and academic institutions through comprehensive scholarships, and to ultimately embark on dynamic career paths and a fulfilling life journey.


Every April to June, SBF representatives visit Grade 6 learners at primary schools across the Cape Town Metropole to identify the top-achieving learners.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, applications for 2022 have been postponed until September 2020. Follow our Facebook page for the latest updates. For learners to apply, they must:

  • Be in Grade 6 in 2020
  • Be born on or after 1 January 2008
  • Have achieved at least 70% aggregate in Grade 5 final results and Grade 6 Q1 results
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Stay within 35 kilometres of Cape Town CBD
  • Show strength of character and a determination to succeed
Applications Opening September 2020
Stages of our recruitment process:
Entrance Exam
SBF Interview
Assessment Camp
School Interview
Scholarship Offer


SBF Scholarships cover tuition fees and provide an allowance for uniform, books, stationery, sports equipment and school trips. SBF contributes towards transport costs and places some scholars in boarding houses at certain schools. Our holistic scholarship approach, means that we also provide access to ongoing psychosocial and academic support. This combination of academic and social support extends to our Preparatory Programme in Grade 6 & 7.

"We develop young people with the knowledge, skills and character to confidently move forward in the world."


The SBF Post-Secondary Programme is only available to SBF Scholars i.e scholars who have recieved scholarships from SBF in high school. The programme includes:

  • financial support
  • one-on-one coaching
  • psychosocial support and mentorship
  • academic coaching
  • strategic coaching with partners and stakeholders
  • alumni programme

  • Access to funding
    All SBF Scholars who finish matric with an academic achievement of 65% and above can apply for post-secondary funding. Financial support is provided according to a partial funding model with the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and other funding mechanisms: and requires students to give back by donating their time to mentoring and tutoring secondary school learners.

    Development and support
    Post-secondary mentorship and psychosocial support is provided by experienced professionals in a structured programme ensuring that SBF graduates emerge as well-rounded young people ready for a competitive marketplace. The programme involves:

    • individual coaching sessions
    • access to mentorship programmes
    • personal development camps that include goal setting and interview skills
    • regular compulsory workshops based on individual needs and year of study


The passion and commitment of our partner schools makes it possible for our scholars to develop into young adults with the knowledge, skills and character to confidently move forward in the world and change it for the better.
SBF partner High Schools are selected on the basis of their commitment to academic excellence and a holistic approach to education. Our partner schools accept a pre-determined number of carefully screened learners each year.