Donating to student Scholarships and Bursaries is the most accessible way to make a meaningful difference in a young person’s life, with exponential benefits as that person goes on to contribute to society, to support their own families and communities and ultimately, to pay forward the advantage they had through the generous support of others.
It is important that St John’s College makes every effort to accommodate aspiring young Johannians with exceptional potential, regardless of their financial means. We can do this by awarding partial or full financial support through a bursary or scholarship.
The school has various endowed scholarships and bursary funds that are awarded annually to deserving students. The Centenary Scholarship is our flagship student support programme. It is one of the most prestigious and generous scholarship programmes in the country and is the most effective way to give a talented young man without the financial means the full experience and benefit of a St John’s education.
The Centenary Scholarship was introduced in 1998 in order to give meritorious boys from previously disadvantaged communities the opportunity to excel at St John’s. The programme guides these young men to be the best that they can be, by providing them with top teaching, coaching and mentoring, and encouraging them to become fully involved in the curriculum of the school. St John’s accepts 10 Centenary Scholars into Remove (Grade 8) each year, for a total of 50 students at the College across all five forms. The scholarship is fully inclusive, covering tuition, boarding, uniforms, books and stationery, trips and tours, medical aid, and sports expenses.
This scholarship is truly a life-changing gift for the recipient, as is demonstrated by the exceptional results achieved year after year by our Centenary Scholars and the impressive contributions they have made since leaving school, proving that an excellent education is the best gift you can give, one that will benefit the recipient for the rest of their lives.
The Beyond 125 Campaign aims to grow regular annual support, through named scholarships and regular and class giving initiatives to the value of R10 million over the next five years, as well as growing the Student Support Endowment by R10 million.