Academic excellence is successfully achieved through a full support programme of tuition funding, and up-to-standard schooling.


Our leadership programme aims to instill the qualities of a leader and develop our scholars to be future leaders.


At MAD Leadership Foundation we focus on identifying, supporting and developing the future leaders of South Africa. We provide a comprehensive, personal and long-term scholarship programme, offering scholars support in the areas of mentorship and personal, academic and leadership development. By focusing on the individual needs of each scholar, we ensure we maintain a personal connection to their requirements, that way providing comprehensive support for the duration of their academic career.

Our scholarship is more than just a contribution towards the scholar’s academic costs. Make A Difference Leadership Foundation supports each scholar from Grade 8 throughout their tertiary degree, not only by providing financial assistance but also by supporting the individual in his/her personal and professional development as they prepare for their future. We achieve this through a multi-disciplinary team, skilled in various professions to ensure that we remove any barrier the scholar is facing in the most effective and efficient manner, so they can continue focusing on achieving their dreams, while we take care of the rest.


We comprehensively invest in our scholars’ academic, wellness, life-skills, mentorship and leadership journeys, ensuring that through the 9+ years they are with us, they are given every opportunity to reach their full potential as South Africa’s future leaders.


Our Broad-based Education Programme is a means by which we can address the general education and environmental crisis in South Africa, by supporting projects that create positive change in under-privileged, rural communities.


MAD Leadership Foundation aims to develop carefully selected scholars. When identifying suitable candidates to be chosen, the following requirements are taken into account.


MAD Leadership Foundation celebrates exceptional Fellows who are actively pursuing a range of careers, including graduates who are lawyers, accountants, marketers, financial planners and teachers.


  • 15 years of Making A Difference.
  • Spanning an education period of up to 12 years (including tertiary studies).
  • We are truly a national organisation operating in all nine provinces in South Africa.
  • The comprehensive Scholarship Programme currently supports over 200 scholars ranging from Grade 8 to final year of tertiary studies.
  • 47  exceptional MAD Leadership Foundation alumni, with a total of 62 tertiary qualifications, who are actively pursuing a range of careers – compared to 51% of students in South Africa who enrol for a 3-year or 4-year degree, but never graduate.**
  • Despite the unfortunate statistic in South Africa that only 23% of learners passed Grade 12 in 2014*, MAD Leadership Foundation is committed to upholding its own track record of 100% per year.
  • Since 2006, 105 scholars have matriculated, with a total of 254 distinctions and 31 Matrics who passed with an A average – compared to the statistic that if 10 children enrol in Grade 1 in any given year, South Africa can expect 5 to reach matric, 3 to pass and 1 to pass maths with 50%.*
*(Reference: An Overview of SA Schooling and a closer look at KZN)
**(Reference: IRR: South African Institute of Race Relations: 2015)


We operate nationally through recommendations from schools with which we have a long-standing relationship, other feeder schools, referrals, as well as through direct applications. We ensure that, through a stringent and holistic application process, we carefully select scholars with academic and leadership potential, who will be able to thrive on our comprehensive Scholarship Programme.

When identifying suitable candidates, the following requirements are taken into account:

  • Learners in Grade 7 to Grade 12
  • Academic performance >65% aggregate
  • In need of financial support to access quality educational opportunities gross combined income per household per month should not exceed R20 000)
  • Must be a South African citizen
  • Speaks and understands basic English
  • Embraces a strong value system and sense of responsibility
  • Participates in extra-curricular activities (school related activities)
  • Demonstrates leadership qualities
  • Actively involved in community service


1 – Written Applications

A formal application is submitted, including: personal and financial information, academic records, information about participation in cultural and/or sporting activities, leadership experience and other achievements, and voluntary involvement in the community. Paper selection is then completed by the Scholar Support Unit.

2 – Psychometric & Leadership Assessment

Selected candidates are invited to participate in Psychometric and Leadership Assessments. Each candidate completes a battery of psychometric tests. These tests determine, among other things, the applicant’s aptitude, personality type, interests, drive, coping skills and leadership potential.

3 – Final Panel Interview

Based on the recommendations of psychologists, following the testing phase, a final round of interviews is held to select the successful candidates that will be awarded scholarships.

4 – Orientation Function

Once accepted onto the programme, we have an orientation function for all our new scholars and their parents / guardians, for them to meet with the Scholar Support Unit and their relevant coordinator; where they are, among other things, provided with all the necessary administrative guidelines and information on the scholarship programme and what they can expect from it.



Mentorship involves building a positive relationship with the MAD Leadership Foundation scholars, encouraging them through their schooling and assisting with life-skills development and learning.

As the learners progress to the tertiary education level, mentors expose them to the business world, building them up and creating new opportunities by guiding them in the right direction. All mentors undergo a thorough screening and application process. Mentors will receive training and are expected to meet at least once a month with their mentee. Mentoring is effective in increasing the likelihood of scholars completing their studies, engaging in healthy physical and social behaviour and successfully making the transition to the world of work.

To find out how you can pledge your time and join our invaluable Mentor Programme, click here.


Academic excellence is successfully achieved through a full support programme of: tuition funding and up-to-standard schooling (for approved academic institutions), study skills support, career advice and development, counselling, boarding costs (where necessary and approved) and travel expenses (where necessary and approved) for the full 9+ years each scholar is on the programme.

A budget is also allocated towards: extra-curricular activities, uniforms, books, stationary, an allowance for tertiary students and academic interventions (extra classes, personal tutoring, study skills etc.).

Furthermore, a sponsored laptop or tablet and 3G card ensure constant communication with MAD Leadership Foundation staff and guarantee that our scholars are up-to-date with the use and advancement of technology.


The responsibility to be an active citizen is a value we look for in all our applicants and a principle that we encourage, as we believe that an integral part of leadership is awareness of and taking responsibility for societal needs.

Our aim is for every MAD Leadership Foundation scholar to understand the value of giving back, so that one day, when they enter the workforce, they will be motivated, not by what they can achieve for themselves, but by how they can contribute to building a better society.


Career development is an early intervention starting in Grade 9 with subject choice. In Grade 11 and 12 this takes the form of career guidance. This process serves to guide the scholars towards a fitting area of study for their tertiary education.

Both subject choice for Grade 9’s and career guidance for Grade 11’s and 12’s begins with scholastic assessments. The information drawn from the assessments and corresponding recommendations are openly discussed in an individual feedback session with a qualified professional. Together with the scholar, and in conjunction with school results, we look at aptitude, personality, interests and values when exploring several options. Career development is a facilitative and continual process between the scholar, their coordinator, and the relevant professionals.


At the core of everything we do is developing our scholars to be future leaders, we want to see our scholars become leaders who can lead with integrity in local and global environments.

With the help of recognised specialists in this field, MAD Leadership Foundation has developed a Leadership Programme that aims to instill the qualities of such a leader, through four major leadership events annually: three leadership forums and an annual leadership summit attended by all scholars.

The forums are regional workshops that are presented with the purpose of exposing our scholars to as many diverse types of leadership styles, values and attributes as possible, to develop their unique leadership abilities. They are also encouraged to engage in discussions on societal issues and the kind of leadership that can help bridge these problems.

At the Annual Leadership Summit, our scholars engage with recognised leaders from various sectors and reflect on challenging issues of leadership.

The five days are centered on our core values of leadership: ambition with hard work, passion with discipline, courage with honesty and confidence with humility. We also use these summits as an opportunity for development of our scholars in matters such as public speaking, career development, team work and community service.


Our Holistic Wellness Programme focuses on the emotional and physical well-being of our scholars through the efforts of our multi-disciplinary Scholar Support Unit. Our Scholar Coordinators each oversee a cohort of scholars, managing all their needs, requirements and general well-being; an educational psychologist manages each scholar’s subject choice and career guidance assessments; and all scholars receive medical treatment and psychological counselling, if and when it is required. A holistic approach to the scholars’ wellness, ensures that any issues are addressed and supported immediately, and nothing can stand in the way of their possibilities. We also offer: administrative support, medical and psychological support, personal development opportunities and a strong focus on the individual’s needs.


Our Broad-based Education Programme is a means by which we can address the general education and environmental crisis in South Africa, by supporting projects that create positive change in under-privileged, rural communities. Over the years, we have been able to increase literacy levels and raise the level of environmental awareness through our partnership with Eco Children, a non-profit organisation initiated by the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve.

Eco Children focuses on whole school development, hands-on environmental education and identifying and providing opportunities for talented learners. Eco Children operates in Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces, areas with some of the country’s most severe social and environmental issues. By stimulating an interest in nature and improving learning environments, our partnership strives to have a positive impact on education outcomes and environmental awareness amongst the youth in these areas, thereby creating a sustainable protection programme.


Learning is very difficult in primary schools, where education takes place in over-crowded and challenging conditions. To counter this, we’ve teamed up with Eco Children to improve these learning facilities and to encourage schools to embark on sustainable greening projects. Through our efforts, we’ve renovated classrooms and assisted in equipping them with desks, chairs, books, stationery and other needed learning materials. Over a thousand learners at the schools we’ve helped are now taught about environmental issues, entrepreneurial skills and future career opportunities, through a specially designed curriculum, which has a practical component that is facilitated by Eco Children.

MAD Leadership Foundation has pledged its support by adopting the development of Eco Villages and improvement of the Eco Classrooms at Seganyane, Matikinya, Mahlathi, Hloaia and Makwetše Primary Schools.


Eco Children is a registered non-profit and Public Benefit Organisation incorporated under Section 21 Reg. No. 2007/012052/08. Public Benefit Organisation No. 930024822


P O Box 1227
South Africa 1380
Tel: +27 (0) 82 713 8778


MAD Leadership Foundation has developed a comprehensive, meticulously-crafted integrated Scholar Wellness, Development and Support Programme, which offers mentorship, leadership development, life-skills development, career counselling, extra-curricular activities, internship opportunities and access to technology, in order to harness the potential of our scholars.


Every scholar’s academic results are monitored and their educational and personal needs are carefully reviewed and accommodated, to ensure that they have access to the best possible support. We encourage, support, challenge and recognize these scholars to become part of a community of difference-makers. From the moment they join MAD Leadership Foundation, to the moment they reach their goals, we are with them every single step of the way.


The Scholar Wellness, Development and Support Programme allows the flexibility to tailor the programme to each scholar’s individual needs. In addition, we constantly monitor and adapt our programme, to ensure we keep evolving in order to develop our scholars through the best opportunities available.


Our scholars have access to our multi-disciplinary team (social worker, educational psychologist, registered counsellor, qualified teacher, organisational psychologist and volunteer mentors). We also offer a 24-hour support line, managed by our Social Worker and Psychologist who will then ensure scholars get the help they need from a medical / educational professional in their area, according to the support they need at that moment.


We believe that, at the heart of everything we do, our supporters, partners, staff, members and scholars should always have fun. We aim to Make A Difference, in style!


Once our scholars graduate from tertiary education they become part of our Fellows Programme. This programme allows them to remain part of the MAD Leadership Foundation family and to receive the necessary personal and professional support – ensuring their success as future leaders and successful professionals.

Our goal with the programme is to assist our fellows with a smooth transition into the working world, offering a chance to be part of a supportive group of professional people, networking opportunities and the potential to give back to MAD Leadership Foundation as mentors to our younger scholars, as a means of giving back and sharing their experiences and knowledge.

As a MAD Leadership Foundation fellow, they will continue our legacy and mission to create a brighter future for South Africa. We see them as role models to our scholars and we value their opinion and want to ensure that we can work together to develop, grow and constantly improve our scholarship programme for future generation of MAD Leadership Foundation scholars to come.

Please watch this space as this programme grows.



Graduated: 2007
Qualification: Biokinetics (Hons)
Institution: University of Johannesburg
Currently: Biokineticist business owner Leadership Aims to assist others in starting their own Biokineticist business venture


Graduated: 2014
Qualification: BSc in Human Life Sciences
Institution: University of Stellenbosch
Currently: Temporarily waitressing at Bistro1682 team
Leadership: Aims to mentor at Kronendal Primary School Netball Team
Currently part of the senior service team at Bistro1682


Graduated: 2011
Qualification: BA Humanities & BPhil in Document Design and Analysis (Internal & External Effective Written Communication)
Institution: University of Stellenbosch
Currently: Fulltime freelancer (editor, writer, proof-reader, content & online community specialist) at a transformational leadership organisation
Goals: Establish her own consultancy business
Leadership: Aims to develop an educational curriculum and life skills training program, long with a dialogue program in her hometown for disadvantaged adolescents


Graduated: 2010
Qualification: 2008 – 2010: B.Comm Investment Management, University of Stellenbosch
2011 – 2012 : Post-Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning, University of Stellenbosch
2012: CFP® Candidate
2013 – 2014: FAPM Honours. University of Cape Town
2014: CFA Level 1
Currently: Security Valuations Specialist for an established Fund Administration Company
Goals: CFA level 2 exam in June 2016 Senior Security Valuations Specialist – Team Leader Analyst at an Asset Management Firm
CFA Chartership in 2017


Graduated: 2014
Qualification: Bachelor of Law
Institution: Stellenbosch University
Currently: First year Candidate Attorney at Catto Neethling Wiid Inc
Goals: Aiming to complete remaining 3 board exams by February 2016 & to complete his Articles of Clerkship before being admitted as an attorney


Graduated: 2013 (BComm) & 2014 (BCommHons)
Qualification: BComm (Actuarial Science)
BCommHons (Actuarial Science)
Institution: Stellenbosch University
Currently: Actuarial Analyst
Goals: Qualify as a fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa
Leadership: Attended the ICMIF Advanced Management Course in 2013. David aims to add value to CSI or community development initiatives by helping quantify the value that they add to society


Graduated: 2014
Qualification: Mechanical Engineering
Institution: Harvard University
Currently: McKinsey & Company


Graduated: 2014
Qualification: BCom (Financial Accounting)
Institution: Stellenbosch University
Currently: Trainee Accountant. Registered with SAICA doing Articles at FODB in Ceres
Goals: Bachelor of Accounting Science in Financial Accounting at UNISA in 2016


Graduated: 2015
Qualification: BA in Economics, minoring in Women and Gender Studies
Institution: Bucknell University, USA
Currently: PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in their New York Tax Group
Leadership: Create an organization that provides South African students with the opportunity to learn about the ever growing and changing global landscape, and to help position South Africa as an effective global participant


Graduated: 2015
Qualification: Media Practices majoring in TV Production
Institution: Boston Media House
Currently: Freelance Actress currently on the show Muvhango
Goals: To study either International Communication or Corporate Communication
Leadership: Visit students in less fortunate schools to assist those scholars who would like to pursue a career in the dramatic arts


Graduated: 2014
Qualification: Coaching Science Diploma & Sport Management Diploma
Institution: ETA College
Currently: Fitness Instructor & Trainer / part time Football coach
Goals: Working in the UK as a football coach, for Coaching for Hope using football sessions as a tool to educate the youth on HIV/Aids and substance abuse, as well as to create future leaders
Leadership: To become a sports mentor, a motivational speaker to the youth and to be known as an influential and charismatic coach


Graduated: 2014
Qualification: Degree in International Communications
Institution: University of the Witwatersrand
Currently: Admin in the Private Office of the President
Goals: Training as a Media Liaison Officer
Develop in the fields of Strategic Management, Policy Development & International Relations. Nolly holds a Masters Degree in Strategic Management (2016)
Leadership: Received competency certificates for: Emerging Managers Development Programme, Events Management, Records Management, Diversity Management & Project Management


Graduated: 2011
Qualification: 2009: BA (LLB) Degree
2011: LLB Degree
Institution: Stellenbosch University
Currently: Social Justice Attorney at Equal Education Law Centre (EELC)
Goals: Continue working at the EELC or similar organisations to build up her expertise
Leadership: Aims to become an activist for the advancement of the rights of learners with disabilities and/or learning barriers to ensure their right to a basic education is realised


Graduated: 2012
Qualification: B.A (Mathematics) Degree
Institution: Wesleyan University (USA)
Currently: USA High School Mathematics Teacher
Goals: 2016 Masters in Mathematics Education at UCT or Wits
Once completed, aims to return to the USA to study toward an Education Doctorate specializing in curriculum & instruction
Leadership: Nominated as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction in recognition of his impact as an educator, leader & role model
– Guest speaker at a recruitment & immigrations information session
– Guest speaker at a Washington DC Symposium on teaching


Graduated: 2014
Qualification: 2013: Bachelor of Social Science (Social Anthropology, Sociology, Public Policy & Administration)
2014: Honours in Social Anthropology
Institution: University of Cape Town
Currently: Masters of Practical Anthropology (UCT)
Goals: Obtain PhD in Anthropology at a South African and/or an international university Become a social science researcher & academic
Leadership: Become a leading scholar of feminist anthropology in SA, representing the social realities of women through qualitative research
– Become a tenured Professor of Anthropology, in order to address the underrepresentation of black academics in South African universities, as well as to encourage other students from previously disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue their goals and dreams


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