About us


A trust established in support of the United World Colleges movement to provide scholarships for South African students to attend the colleges in Canada, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Swaziland, the United Kingdom and The United States of America.

The UWC Scholarship Trust of South Africa has been in existence since 1979, when the first group of three students went to Atlantic College in Wales. Since then the Trust has provided over 150 UWC Scholarships to South African students.

The UWC Trust of South Africa is registered as a Section 18A Public Benefit Organisation and is responsible for selecting South African students to attend UWC colleges around the world. In addition, the trust takes care of administration, publicity and fundraising.

The day to day affairs of the Trust are taken care of by an Executive Committee of volunteers. The Executive Committee consists of ex-students as well as supporters and is accountable to the Board of Trustees. Regional Selection Committees and a National Selection Committee are appointed by the Trust to conduct the selection process and award scholarships. The selection committees include ex-students, educationalists and community leaders from a variety of backgrounds.

Applications are received annually from all over South Africa. Candidates need to be resident in South Africa at the time of applying. After an initial screening, regional selections are held each March in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban to select finalists for the national selections, which take place in late April.