Rhodes Scholarship

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Rhodes Scholarship

As per the request from the Rhodes Trust dated 19 October 2015, Herschel is included in the Bishops Rhodes Scholarship programme as a partner school, making all Herschel Alumnae eligible to apply for a Rhodes Scholarship.

The following persons are eligible to apply for the Bishops & Partner Schools Rhodes Scholarship.

Sons and daughters of:

  • Members of present and past academic and support staff of Bishops and its Partner Schools (St Cyprian’s School, Herschel Girls School, St George’s Grammar School and LEAP1) who have served or will serve the said schools for at least five years;
  • Present and past parents at Bishops and its Partner Schools, who have, or have had, or will have had a son or daughter at the school for at least five years;
  • Present and past members of the Bishops Council and the Councils/Board of Governors/Governing Bodies of the Partner Schools who have served the school for at least five years;
  • Members of the Alumnae/i Associations of Bishops and its Partner Schools, where such son or daughter was educated in South Africa for at least five years;

The Rhodes Scholarships to Oxford University (www.ox.ac.uk) were founded by the Will of Cecil John Rhodes and have been operating since 1902. The Scholarship is for full-time study and pays your entire tuition fee. It also provides you with a comfortable living allowance and pays the cost of transport for you and your necessary belongings to and from Oxford. The broad selection criteria are:

  • Academic excellence –specific academic requirements can be found under ‘Eligibility Criteria’ below.
  • Energy to use your talents to the full (as demonstrated by mastery in areas such as sports, music, debate, dance, theatre, and artistic pursuits, including where teamwork is involved).
  • Truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship.
  • Moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in your fellow human beings.

Overview of Rhodes Scholarships. Information about the scholarship usually becomes available each year around June of each year and can be downloaded from the Internet site by typing in the “Rhodes Scholarship for Southern Africa”.

In order to apply or receive more information, please contact [email protected] at the Bishops ODU.

Herschel Alumnae Recipients

View the previous Alumnae recipient here.

School Song

We are assembled here in love,
We are united, we care for one another.
The greatest lesson of all is the one
That teaches us to live together, together.

Everyone’s a spark and in the night
Together we make a light, a fire burning bright
Ad Dei Gloriam; Inkosi mayibongwe:
To the glory of our God: this is what we believe.

In times of trouble we support
Our fellows; we are taught to be there for our friends.
And all around us, there will be
That special unity, that binds us all together.

If we come back after many years,
We will think fondly of the things that we remember,
And the friends that we made then,
These will be friends forever, forever.

By Thandi Siebert, Head Girl 1993