Call for Application: 2019 Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls – South Africa

Application Deadline: 16 February 2018.

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

Students qualify to apply 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

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.

How to Apply

Completed application forms must be addressed and sent to:

Attention: Student Recruitment
P O Box 1485, Henley on Klip, 1962
Email to:

Applications for 2019 close on 16 February 2018.

Applications will be disqualified if you fail to submit all the required documents. Should any information submitted be found to be incorrect or untruthful, your application will be disqualified.

A reference check will be conducted for every application.

If you have not heard from the Academy by 15 March 2018 your application has not been successful.

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

DOWNLOAD Application Forms for the 2019 Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2019 Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls 


  1. Mama Africa in America and the Africa Diaspora pls come to Nigeria and liberate some of Nigeria’s girls struggling to give themselves out for either early marriages or prostitution.

  2. I just stumbled on Oprah site as I went through to look for scholarship for a young girl who is hardworking and looks after herself during the week while the young ophaned mother goes for piece jobs. They stay in my back room.
    Can you free this young 11 year old girl from the poverty cycle. She is in grade 6 at later School Kreft, Kemptonpark Name Diana Chimalizeni. I cannot help much more than giving them free room to live
    81 Marauder st, Rhodesfield, Kemptonpark

  3. Dear Oprah
    I need to apply for a child whos doing grade8 this year and next year is going to do grade 9.
    Thank you
    Asanda Mkhize


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