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

  4. Good day,

    My name is Matsidiso Khasibe, I applied for my two daughters at Oprah Winfrey, the eldest daughter’s application was for this year which I sent February 2017 and the youngest was for next year 2019. The first one was not successful & atleast the response was sent via SMS and the one for 2019, no response received any via SMS nor e-mail. I am so liking the school as it is a Leadership Academy and that I have done a research about its founder Oprah Winfrey, my wish was for atleast one of my daughters to take part in this initiative and as a single mother whom is currently out of a job was hoping to atleast receive a positive feedback.

    But nevertheless, I still support this initiative of Oprah and her team to carry on with the excellent work over many of South Africans whom are disadvantaged.


  5. Hi Ophra! I would like to apply for my daughter for next year, who is in great 7now, she’s been through a lot, i believe through God’s grace the academy can bring out the best in her and be more self confident, i just need my child to have a better and more stable/independent Future and be the best in life.

  6. I feel it is not fair for intakes to b strictly from grade 8. I was adviced now lately to apply for a learner I am currently staying with as a teacher only to find that she can’t be given a chance because applications are closed for 2019 intakes and she is currently in grade 7. She will forfeit the opportunity since she cannot apply more so that she will definately be in grade 8 2019. I feel hurt as I cannot stay with her anymore next year and that leaves me so worried about who can assist her further. She is a bright girl who has all the requirements you require. If she can be given an opportunity as an exceptional application then I will be very happy. She is from a poor background so I have been assisting ever since her primary school years. Please consider that and call me on 0827402406 since I hardly open my emails. Thank you and stay blessed!

  7. Hi,l need to apply for Grade 8 for 2020 for my daughter she is a hard working and enthusiasm.

    Thank you

  8. I would like to start applying for my child for grade 8 in 2020 so I want to start now can I get the application form

  9. Dear Oprah I have a daughter who is my sisters grandchild her mother is disable she couldn’t walk she’s crawling and her grandmother had a cancer and she’s the one who look her disable daughter who give birth to the daughter that I want to a get a school at your academy her disappear since her mother is pregnant I’m worried about a girl child I want this child to get a better education and her mother is also a breadwinner

  10. I would like my daughter to be admitted at the school in the year 2020 for grade 8-12.
    She is very academically intelligent and recently archieved the grade 6 top achiever at her school.

  11. Good day Madam,
    I humbly ask for assistance for my grand daughter to Please grant her the opportunity to be part of this great Academy , i applied in 2017 but haven’t had any response , she has been an A student since Grade 1 and have been excelling showing so much potential to be a great leader . Her mom is a single unemployed parent which through difficult circumstances and an a drug infested community got caught up but is rehabilitated She is the only one through education is able to take her mom and autistic brother out of their poverty stricken life. I am her grandmother who took it upon myself to enroll her in a semi private school but is unable to cope financially therefore pleading with you not to let such potential goes to waste.

    She currently in grade 8 showing great possibility of passing to grade 9.

    Thank you

    Yours Sincerly


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