Recruitment for intake 2023 has closed. Follow our Facebook page for updates on intake 2024, opening during the second half of 2022.

About Scholarships

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 a dynamic career path and a fulfilling life journey. SBF manages two distinct scholarships, the second being the programme in partnership with Groote Schuur High School where a selection of the best candidates from our sister-organisation, the Disa Primary School in Hout Bay, are placed for their high school careers.


Every year, SBF reaches out to primary schools across the Cape Town Metropole to identify the top-achieving learners.

For intake 2024 learners to apply, they must:

  • Be in Gr. 6 in 2022.
  • Be born between 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2010.
  • 70% aggregate in Gr. 5 final exams and Gr. 6 term 2 assessments.
  • 70% min for Maths and English in Gr. 5 final exam and Gr. 6 term 2 assessments.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Stay within 25 kilometres of the SBF Newlands Office.

Applications for intake 2023 are closed. Applications for intake 2024 will open during the second half of 2022.

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Intake 2023 Recruitment Journey

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Entrance Exam

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Family Interviews
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Scholarship Offer

High School

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 SBF, who meet our programme requirements and demonstrate key SBF qualities and characteristics 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

Our Schools & Institutions

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.