In 2017 Grey College became part of a unique educational programme thanks to a substantial donation from a French donor. This donor, who would like to remain anonymous, decided to establish a legacy project at the school based on his interaction over a number of years with Old Grey rugby players at Montpellier Rugby Club in France. This decision was also based on the school’s identity and culture that promotes inclusivity, diversity, equality, discipline, respect, hope, faith and charity. The Badawi Legacy Trust was established, with Old Greys as the directors acting in the sole interest of Grey College. This year, through the Badawi Legacy Trust, a new scholarship programme was implemented to reinforce the environment within which Grey College boys are shaping a better tomorrow. The Badawi Legacy Scholarship programme places high premiums on academic achievement, leadership as well as the sport of rugby and has funded the appointment of a French Language teacher, Ms Eloïse Fourie (née Du Toit).
It also provided funding support for the following learners on an unconditional basis and without recourse or any other obligation during, or post-study at the school: Caleb Abrahams; Jan Adendorff; Kamoa Mokolane; Khoitsimodimo Mathibedi, Malcolm Montgomery; Janco Scheepers; Jacob van Heerden and Gunter van Rensburg.
Badawi Beurse | Badawi Scholorships
The Badawi Legacy Scholarship Programme has committed to make contributions to Grey College in three areas over the next five years:
- The programme will fund the appointment, by Grey College, of a French Language teacher for a period of five years
- The Programme is expected to provide funding support to at least 50 scholarship holders which translates into partial funding support of over 200 student years. Scholarships will be awarded to students on an unconditional basis and without recourse or any other obligation during, or post- study at Grey College
- The donor of the programme has secured a commitment from Montpellier Rugby Club in France to make available, to Grey College, resources including a commitment to sharing coaching methods and exchange programmes for rugby coaches
Badawi Scholarships will enable scholarship holders to attend Grey College and will be awarded, on a means tested basis, to individuals who do not have similar alternatives readily available to them. Scholarships holders will be individuals with demonstrated potential in leadership and/or academia and the sport of rugby.
The application process will be communicated in due course.
- It could be argued that these principles applied since the inception of Grey College in 1855 (reference, for example, the contribution made by Old Grey Bram Fischer)
- These numbers depend on (a) School Fees payable per scholarship holder, which i.a. depends on the boarding or non-boarding status of the scholarship holder (b) The level of scholarship awarded per scholarship holder (c) the year of intake and (d) Other variables.
- Scholarship holders are invited to, but won’t be required to take French as a subject
- For the avoidance of doubt: Grey college will not be “buying” talent: The programme will seek to identify talented individuals who do not have similar alternatives readily available to them. Applicants whose financial position does not impose any restriction on their attendance of Grey College or similar institutions will not be eligible for this scholarship.
Agtergrond | Background
Die program, wat uniek is in Suid-Afrika en een van die mees omvattende skenkings in die geskiedenis van Grey Kollege, is ‘n direkte gevolg van die kulturele, sport- en professionele bydraes deur oud-Greys verbonde aan die Montpellier Rugby Klub in Frankryk.
Die donateur, wat verlang om anoniem te bly, het van Grey Kollege verneem deur sy assosiasie met die Montpellier Rugby Klub, waar oud-leerders Francois Steyn, Ruan Pienaar, Bismarck en Jannie du Plessis, Jan Serfontein asook ‘n jonger Henry Immelman tans rugbyspelers is. Die donateur het wêreldwye besigheids- en kulturele status en maak hierdie skenking uit ‘n filantropiese oorweging.
In oud-Grey en Springbokspeler, Francois Steyn se woorde: “ Dit is wonderlik om as oud – Grey te weet dat die skool vir wie ons almal so lief is voortaan seuns wat graag ook wil deel word van die Grey Kollege familie sal kan akkommodeer onder omstandighede waar dit in die verlede nie moontlik sou wees nie. As Montpellier speler is ek trots daarop om te weet dat ons Alma Mater invloedryke mense in Frankryk sodanig beindruk dat hulle met raad en daad wil deel wees van ‘n inisiatief wat meer seuns die geleentheid sal bied om deur die beste skool in die wêreld geslyp te word tot eerbare manne wat ‘n verskil in die wêreld sal maak.”