SAILI Scholarships CLOSED

What can I do if I missed the scholarships deadline?
SAILI only receives scholarship applications during September of the year your child is in Grade 6.  We don’t ever make any exceptions.  If you missed our applications process you can try one of the other scholarship organsiations in Cape Town.  There are no scholarship organisations that take applications for high school scholarships after April of the year your child is in Grade 7.  This is because most high schools have closed for applications by then. Read more

Choosing a High School in the Western Cape

Choosing the right high school can make the difference between a happy and successful academic future for your child and years of declining marks followed by poor career prospects.  There are two main things to consider when choosing a high school:

1. Is this school a good fit for my child’s personality, interests, abilities? (Happiness factor)

2. Is this school the best that I can afford in my area? (Academic success factor) Read more

How to Apply for NSFAS

Recently a young person contacted me saying “Can you help me apply for NSFAS?  Make it simple.  What do I need to do?” I responded:

Applying for NSFAS is not simple!

It’s best to be up front about that.  However, there are some things you can do to make it less painful.

How to Apply for NSFAS Online

1. Open an email account.  Make sure you save your user name and password in a safe place.  Your phone is not a safe place.

2. Download the consent form  Read more

SAILI Scholarships for 2018 & 2019 are CLOSED!

SAILI provides maths and science scholarships to talented learners, supporting their high school education in academically successful schools.

SAILI is open for applications in September each year.    Only Grade 6 learners may apply.  SAILI is now closed for scholarship applications.

Eligible Families

Families must have income under R10 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 R10 000.  Proof of income is not required at the initial stage however it is required later.  Income from both biological 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.  The Term 2, Grade 6 report and learner’s birth certificate should accompany the Initial Application.  Application forms are available here.   Application forms can also be requested from Kath Morse: Read more

Funding Your Study Through Tertiary Bursary Programs- South Africa

A tertiary bursary is awarded for study after high school at TVET colleges, Universities of Technology and Universities.  There are several different types of bursaries awarded for selected reasons.  These reasons may include academic excellence, special talent, categories of people – racial, religious categories, gender or disabilities and financial need.  It is important to read carefully the type of person the bursar is looking for.

Bursaries are provided by charitable organisations, wealthy individuals and companies.  Companies such as Nedbank provide bursaries because they want to see more young people graduate into their sector.  These organisations are spending their own money so they get to choose the type of person or study field that they want to spend it on.   Read more

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

SAILI Scholarship Results High School 2018

SAILI Scholarship Results for 2018 are now available.   Results can be viewed here.      Once again we had an astonishing number of top performers.  We are restricted mainly in our selection by lack of funds, not be lack of hard working, high performing young people.  Well done to all the learners who participated in our testing and a big thank you to the families who support you and cheer you on.  Congratulations to Westville and Talfalah Primary Schools who were outstanding performers in this scholarship recruitment.

Here are some of the things written by young people in their entrance test:

“I am a very hardworking person, once I begin something I end it and I don’t listen to the bad things people say about me”.  (Aafia, Talfalah Primary)

“I have a personal strength that helps me in life – my parents.  They always encourage me to strive to be the best.”  (Athraa, Muhammadeyah Primary)

“It doesn’t mean living in Seawinds every boy is a gangster and everyone does drugs or kills people.  There are lots of people who aren’t like that and I’m proud to say I’m one of them.”  (Caitlyn, Square Hill Primary).

“My family constantly push me to strive and be the best that I can be.  The fact that they push me allows me to in the right direction.”  (Jade, Westville Primary)

“My father died when I was seven years old.  I love my family very much and I love myself as well.  I have learned in my life that it doesn’t matter where you come from, it’s about where you are going.”  (Kelly, Westville Primary

“My hope for the future is to become a chemical engineer.  I want to earn a lot of money so I can support my whole family.  I want to make a name for myself.” (Mihirkumar, Rylands Primary)

“All my friends are talking about these cool high schools and then I have nothing to talk about.” (M. Qaasim, Strandfontein Primary)

“I think my future will be great.  If I learn and study every day of my life, I think I will have a good future…. I wish I could play cricket for South Africa!” (Zubair, West End Primary)