We regard it as our duty and our privilege to assist dedicated, previously disadvantaged students, so that they may attend St John’s College and benefit from receiving a quality education.

The Centenary Scholarship Programme was introduced in 1998 as part of St John’s College’s 100 year celebrations. The programme guides previously disadvantaged boys with potential 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. Most Centenary Scholars choose to board for this reason.

At present, St John’s College accepts ten Centenary Scholars into Remove (Grade 8) each year for a total of 50 students at the College across all five grades. The boys are selected based on their academic achievement, involvement in extracurricular activities and potential to excel. Centenary Scholars are expected to demonstrate commitment to their own development; their results and extra mural activities are monitored so that support can be given where needed.

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Each Centenary Scholarship costs around R200 000 per annum. This includes tuition, boarding, uniforms, transport, books & stationery, trips & tours, medical aid and sports expenses. As we accept the students into the programme for five years, the full scholarship cost for a boy who starts in Remove is more than R1m. The total cost of the programme is around R10m per annum.

– Robert Long, Second Master: St. John’s College