Financially disadvantaged prospective learners of the recently launched UCT Online High School have now been afforded the opportunity to apply for a scholarship.
This week, UCT’s Online High School and Sanlam Group established a partnership to award scholarships to bright young South Africans from historically disadvantaged households.
The new Sanlam UCT Online High School Scholarship Programme will provide 100 academically strong learners, who may otherwise not have had the chance to realise their potential, with 100% of their high school tuition over a five-year period an investment of R14.5 million from Sanlam.
Scholarship applicants must have a 70% or higher pass rate in both English and Maths in their most recent round of assessments in Grade 7. Furthermore, they must have a minimum overall average of 70% in their most recent school report.
Cape Town-based education technology company, Valenture Institute, has collaborated with UCT by making use of its proprietary learning technology, analytics and learner support model at the forefront of online and blended learning.
There has been strong demand for the online school as it has already received 5 000 applications. Its model enables learners to pace their learning while being provided with 1:1 tutoring from teachers and coaches.
And although it is affordably priced at R2 095 per month, it is still out of the reach of some South Africans.
The Sanlam scholarship programme, according to UCT Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, is aligned with the university’s aim of change, excellence, and sustainability.
She also stated that the Online High-School was launched with the aim of making it one of the most affordable private schools for those in the country and that the higher learning institution was committed to making this possible
Grade 7 pupils can apply for admission to Grade 8 in 2022 from now until mid-November. The UCT Online High School, which opened in July this year, is the most affordable private high school in the country.
Applications can be made via www.uctonlinehighschool.com/sanlam-scholarships
For more detailed information on the application process, Click here.