Call for Application: 2020 Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls – South Africa

Application Deadline: 15 February 2019.

The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls provides students in Grades 8 through 12 with an opportunity to develop their  full intellectual, social and leadership potential. To be eligible, girls must be South African, demonstrate academic and leadership potential, and come from a disadvantaged background.  

The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls – South Africa is a female boarding school founded in January 2007 and located in Johannesburg, South Africa. The academy was founded by Oprah Winfrey with the goal of providing educational and leadership opportunities for academically gifted girls from impoverished backgrounds.

Admission criteria for 2020

Scholarship applications for 2020 open on 14 January 2019 and close on 15 February 2019. Only applications for grade 8 2020 will be accepted. All other grades at the Academy have reached their capacity. If you have not heard from the Academy by 15 March 2019 your application has not been successful.

Students qualify for a scholarship if:

  • they are academically talented and have leadership potential
  • they are a South African Citizen or permanent resident
  • their family or household total income before deductions is less than R10 000 per month
  • they are currently in Grade 7

Application forms are available for download here. An electronic (fill-able form) and printable version are available


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: More extensive testing – academic and leadership potential

Further selection and more extensive testing of academic and leadership potential will follow.

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.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2020 Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy


  1. In South Africa we are very blessed to have people like Oprah Winfrey. It has always been my dream that one of my girls can be accepted to this school, as a Widow and a mother of three, it gets hard sometimes. I’ve applied for my daughter Hope S. Ndhlovu, she’s currently in Grade 7 this year, and I pray to God that she can be accepted. Thank you Oprah Winfrey Academy for giving our children an opportunity to have a brighter future. God bless you.

  2. Where can I get assistance in Pretoria school kids. She doesn’t speak fluently but she is brilliant.

  3. My daughter is 14 she will be doing grade 10 next year. Is there anyway can she be admitted . Kindly assist

  4. Good day i would like to know about the registrations of 2021 .I have a 11 yr old daughter shes so brilliant and a hardworker currently in Grade 7 as its 2019. She is a go getter.

  5. Good day
    I did apply for my daughter A.A Letsaba but unfortunately she didn’t get answer..I hope she’ll get answer in 2021 for grade 9

  6. Goodday iam interested in applying for my girl who will be doing grade 7 in 2020 but i would like to apply for her for the following year 2021 for grade 8 .where can i get the forms?


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