SAILI High School Scholarships OPEN

SAILI provides maths and science scholarships to talented learners. SAILI places talented learners in academically successful schools. Our Cape Town partner schools are: Bergvliet, Claremont, Rylands, Spine Rd, South Peninsula, Pinelands, Milnerton, The Settlers and Bellville.  Our Worcester partner is: Worcester Gimnasium.

SAILI is open for applications in August-September each year.  Initial application forms are available from applysaili@gmail.com  Only Grade 6 learners may apply. 

The application form is available here.

Who can apply?

Families must have income under R12 000 / month BEFORE deductions to be eligible.  We do not consider debt or number of dependents in this initial application.  We do not ever take families with income over R12 000.  Proof of income is not required at the initial stage however it is required later.  Income from both parents is considered unless a parent is unknown or deceased.  Divorced parents must both provide proof of income.  Any other adults contributing to household expenses must also provide proof of income.

Learners must have a code 6 or 7 for their English (Home Language or First Additional) and Maths.  Please send the term 2, Grade 6 report and learner’s birth certificate with the Initial Application.

Does race matter?

SAILI does support refugees, foreign nationals and White South Africans. However, the majority of our recipients are from South African previously disadvantage backgrounds. This is because some of our funders will only invest in young people of color.

What does the scholarship cover?

A SAILI scholarship will cover full fees at schools costing less than R10 000/year. At more expensive schools SAILI will contribute a portion of the fees and  families will be able to apply for fee exemption for the remainder. Additionally, SAILI may contribute to school uniform, stationery and textbooks, depending on individual family need.   SAILI provides quarterly educational outings and workshops with a focus on career guidance, maths and science.

How does SAILI select learners?

Our selection process involves a maths test based on Grade 6 maths content.  This test is written at the end of Grade 6.  Learners must score at least 80% to proceed to the next round of testing.   The second test is written early in Grade 7.  It is a more general test including opportunities for applicants to tell us about themselves and their families. 

Families are required to provide proof of income at this time.

If a learner is offered a scholarship they still must gain a place at a SAILI school by completing the school’s application process.  SAILI signs an agreement with the family once there is a firm offer of a high school place. 

Applications for high school 2021 close at the end of term 3, 2019.

Should I Change to Maths Literacy? Making the Big Decision.

Maths Literacy or Maths? How do I decide?  If you are thinking about this, you are probably in Grade 10 or 11 and maths is not working out for you.  This doesn’t mean you haven’t worked hard.  There are all sorts of reasons why we struggle to make friends with maths.   Here are some questions to help you make the decision.  (If you are in Grade 12, it is too late to change subjects – sorry).

What do you want to do when you finish school?

Many tertiary courses require you to have maths rather than maths literacy.  If you are interested in health, finance, science or engineering then you most likely will need maths.   To find out if you are going to need maths, look up your dream career on GoStudy.  Required subjects are listed under information about the career.    However, there are 100s of other courses you can study that do not require maths.  You can study a tertiary course with maths literacy as long as you meet other entry requirements.  To find out about alternatives that do not require maths, look here. Read more

High School Scholarships 2019, Shortlist!

Congratulations to all 52 learners who made it through to SAILI’s final round of testing.  You are all winners and we wish we could award scholarships to everyone.  If you haven’t made our final shortlist, remember to keep working hard, be curious and never give up.  SAILI is now closed for scholarship applications for high school 2019.  If you missed out on applying with SAILI you can apply to Leisure Education Trust.  

 

The following learners are successful in their application.  To continue with your scholarship application you must apply to a SAILI high school and be offered a place.  If you accept a scholarship with another organisation, please let us know as soon as possible.  To find out more about our scholarship deal, read here.

Final High School Shortlist, 2019

Name Surname School
Anshaar Daniels Silverlea
Aqeelah De Leeuw Liesbeeck
Azrah Meyer Jamaica Way
Caleb Brooks Kenmere
Clemence Mujinga Mountain Rd
Eldrich Seymour Palm Palk
Ethan Hill Prince George
Gerard Umegbolu St Augustine
Ghaleel Phillips Parkhurst
Hope Sheldon Zwaanswyk Academy
Jaydon Dreyer York Rd
Kelsey Van Neel Floreat
Makeya Hendricks Rondebosch East
Maya Morkel Sid G Rule
Mickyle Cupido Alicedale
Miheer Faki Turfhall
Mishaad Ross Fairview
Moegamat-Redaah Menton Arcadia
Mogamad Zaakir Cloete Sid G Rule
Mogamat Lut Ryland Searidge Park
Naadir Mahomed Sunlands
Nisha Meyer Sid G Rule
Nohah Gierdien Kenmere
Nuriya Ahmed Rylands
Tasneem Fredericks Square Hill
Tatum Jacobs Prince George
Unathi Kaleni Imperial
Usenathi Mamoza Imperial

Building a Career if you Failed School

When you look at the kids sitting in a Matric class, the class does not look half empty. But the numbers show that of the class that started school 12 years ago, only half are currently sitting in a Matric class. Half will have failed school and dropped out of the system before they get to the end of Grade 12.

How many of the kids that started school 12 years ago, will have a degree three years after they complete Matric? The most recent research shows that it is 9,9%. Read more