The St Johns College Scholarship Fund was originally called the High School Scholarship Fund, which was started in 2004 with our first 2 students. We started the High School Scholarship Fund to try to enable some of the local children to complete their high schooling of grades 10 to 12. The majority of the youth from the area had only attended school until the end of grade 9, due to the closest high school being 20km away from Coffee Bay and the majority of families could not afford to send their children due to transport costs or boarding fees. During the first few years, the students attended various high schools and boarded at various places, but the results were not good. In 2007, after much research, we selected St Johns College in Mthatha as our school of choice for the High School Scholarship Fund, which then became known as the St Johns College Scholarship Fund. St Johns College is an academic school (meaning you have to do Maths and Science) with a good code of conduct, a good curriculum, strict rules and their teacher dedication is more than acceptable. They produce some of the top matriculants in the Eastern Cape each year. Please see proof of their excellence at http://anisa.org.za/news/20110616/mthatha_school_tops_maths_0
The St Johns College Scholarship Fund has grown from 2 schools to now includes applicants from 6 of the surrounding Junior Secondary schools. Students are selected based on their academic results and their family financial situation is taken into consideration. Coffee Shack Backpackers and the Tracy Trust from Australia each sponsor 1 student each year and we are continually looking for sponsors for this fund. We would like to enable as many students as possible to get this great educational opportunity, as it opens new doors and provides new opportunities for these youth.
A success story of the St Johns College Scholarship Fund is Hardy Gaqa. Hardy gained his place on the St Johns College Scholarship Fund in 2008 and when he matriculated in 2010, he passed with a university entrance and 4 distinctions! He then went on to secure a bursary from Anglo Gold Ashanti and is now studying Mining Engineering at Wits University Hardy will become a much-needed role model for the area.
There are various options available for supporting the St Johns College Scholarship Fund – please contact us using the form below: