Applications for intake 2024 are now open! Make sure you review the checklist before commencing and have all your documents ready when you start!

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.

Recruitment

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

For learners to apply, they must:

  • Be in Gr. 6 in 2022.
  • Be born between 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2010.
  • 60% aggregate in Gr. 5 final and Gr. 6 term 2 assessments.
  • 60% min for Maths in Gr. 5 final and Gr. 6 term 2 assessments.
  • 60% min for English in Gr. 5 final and Gr. 6 term 2 assessments.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Stay within 25 kilometres of the SBF Newlands Office.

Download your 2024 Application Checklist now!

Start Application

Stages of recruitment process:

Step 1

Applications
Active Step

Step 2

Screening

Step 3

Entrance Exam

Step 4

Online Exam

Step 5

Family Interviews

Step 6

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."

Post-secondary

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

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.Opens 2021

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.