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The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation (AGOF) provides a scholarship to Emaswati who wants to pursue an undergraduate degree in one of South Africa’s top universities. What makes AGOF unique however is that it is an academic achievement / merit scholarship for students who are passionate about entrepreneurship as a way of solving problems, in any field they are interested in. Thus, students who are entrepreneurial, for example through their Junior Achievement work or any business they have been involved in, while being high academic achievers, are a perfect fit for this opportunity.

AGOF takes a holistic approach to entrepreneurship development with a focus on three critical aspects: cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset in our Candidate Fellows and Fellows; developing entrepreneurial skills in our Fellows; and being relevant in the African context while understanding global entrepreneurial ecosystems.

The Foundation seeks to promote progress through entrepreneurship in an integrated Southern Africa. It aims to achieve this mission by identifying, educating and equipping demographically diverse individuals who have the potential to excel and making a significant future impact as high impact, responsible entrepreneurs. The aim is to foster such impact by providing youth demonstrating the highest potential access to education and cultivating within them an entrepreneurial mindset.

The academic programs covered by this scholarship are:

  • Commerce

  • Life Science

  • Health Science (excluding Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry)

  • Engineering

  • Law

  • Humanities

  • Arts

Please note:

  1. Students who ONLY have Form 5 are not eligible for this scholarship

  2. Students who are in their first year in university are not eligible to apply for this scholarship to study in South Africa (their application has not opened)

Only students who have matric, AS Level, A Level or the IB are eligible to apply.


1. Academic

  • Textbooks & tutoring allowance

  • Monthly stipend

  • Full tuition at one of our 10 partner universities

  • University accommodation and meals

  • Transport allowance

2. Entrepreneurial mindset development

  • Speakers and seminars

  • Experiential exercises

  • Workshops

3. Personal development

  • Personal Leadership Officer (mentorship)

  • Industry mentor

  • Like-minded community

4. Outcomes

  • Tertiary qualification

  • Responsible thinking and entrepreneurial mindset

  • Well-rounded individual

  • Community-oriented learning


  1. University of the Witwatersrand

  2. University of Johannesburg

  3. University of Cape Town

  4. Nelson Mandela University

  5. Rhodes University

  6. University of the Western Cape

  7. Stellenbosch University

  8. University of Pretoria

  9. University of the Free State

  10. University of KwaZulu-Natal


Only Grade 12, Form 6, A Level are eligible to apply at the moment. The requirements are:

  • Ambassador of the Foundation’s intended profile, i.e. demonstrating a Spirit of Significance, Intellectual Imagination, Achievement Excellence, Personal Initiative and Courageous Commitment

  • Indication of entrepreneurial flair and passion

  • Eswatini citizenship

  • Belief in the future of our country

  • Intention to study towards a Commerce, Science (excluding Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry), Engineering, Law, Humanities or Arts degree

  • Candidates must not be older than 21 years of age in 2022

Academic Requirements:

  • Must be under 21 years at the time of applying

  • Minimum of 60% in Mathematics for final grade 11 / Form 5 results

  • Minimum average of 70% for final Grade 11 / Form 5 results (excluding Life Orientation)

  • Certified copies of Academic/Extra-curricular awards/recognition must be provided for Form 4, 5 and 6

  • Must be a citizen of Eswatini, Botswana or Namibia


This scholarship can be applied for in two ways: online or paper based. Please prepare this information beforehand:

  • A list of your intended courses of study in university, and the universities of interest

  • Form 5 results and percentages

  • All academic and extracurricular awards received in high school

  • All extramural activities you participated in, including sporting, community service, entrepreneurship, leadership and cultural

Application Form:

Please download the application form below, fill it out and submit it through the post by posting it to:

The Knowledge Institute

P.O. Box 9671 Mbabane Kingdom of Eswatini


Download PDF • 507KB

In addition, you will have to answer all of the following long and short essay questions:

  • How do you see your future ambitions contributing to the Eswatini you want to see in the next 10 years?

  • Have you ever started a business or an NGO?

  • What are your top three strengths and development areas?

  • Tell us about an initiative, development project or activity that you personally started in the last five years, or played a significant role in

  • Tell us about a time you identified a problem and turned it into an opportunity

  • Tell us about a time you were given an opportunity / assignment to implement in your school or community

  • Think of a time when you demonstrated leadership in your family, school or community

  • Give an example when you got a group of people to believe in a goal

  • What has been the most challenging or stressful situation you have had to deal with

  • Describe a time when your workload was particularly difficult and how you dealt with it

Allan Gray Orbis Foundation contact details: Email:

Whatsapp: +264 8130 65510

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