1. Entrance Scholarships

These are awarded annually on the basis of performance in the Scholarship Examination written in April. Prospective parents who wish their sons to sit the examination must apply, and an examination fee will be charged. The examination will be advertised in the press annually.

Candidates would normally be near the top of their school’s academic range. The examination will test ability in English and Mathematics.

Eligibility: All boys in Grade 7 due to enter Grade 8 in the following year.


  • The Bishops Scholarship & Theron Scholarship worth up to 50% of tuition fees; other scholarships ranging from 20% - 33% of tuition fees
  • The Shuttleworth Scholarship, awarded each year to a candidate from a disadvantaged community selected by the school on the grounds of academic merit and financial need.
  • The Hoffman Stempel Bursary, awarded each year to the son of an OD who is a talented all-rounder and who has performed well in the Scholarship exam. Financial need will also be taken into account.

Conditions: These Scholarships are awarded on academic performance only. The Bishops Scholarship requires a high academic performance, but qualities such as character, leadership potential, and cultural and sporting ability are also taken into consideration.

All awards are for a scholar's career at Bishops up to Grade 12, provided conduct and industry are satisfactory.

The right not to make awards, or awards to the full amounts stated, in any year, is reserved.

2. Music Scholarships

Scholarships are available annually for boys entering the school in Grade 8, who are of at least Grade 4 level (Trinity, Royal Schools or UNISA). Awards range from 10% to a maximum of 70% of the tuition fee annually.

3. Bishops Rhodes Scholarship

Diocesan College has its own designated Rhodes Scholarship which dates back to 1902. The following are eligible to apply:

  • Former students (of at least one year) from Bishops, Leap 1 School, St Cyprians, Herschel and St George’s Grammar School
  • The sons and daughters of members of present and past academic and support staff of designated schools who have served or will have served the school for at least 5 years
  • The sons and daughters of present and past members of Council at designated schools who have served the school for at least five years;
  • The sons and daughters of ODs and former alumni/ae of the designated schools where such son or daughter was educated in South Africa for at least five years.

For further information, prospective candidates can go to or contact the Principal of Bishops, Mr Tony Reeler, the Deputy Principal, Mr Peter Westwood or the Honorary Secretary of the Bishops Rhodes Scholarship, Dr Paul Murray

Applications open in June of each year and the closing date is 15 August. The scholarship is advertised each year through the Rhodes Trust in Johannesburg, the school’s themselves and the OD Website and information evenings are conducted by Bishops and the Trust. For more details, contact Dr Paul Murray or Mrs Bev Johnson of the Trust at

The Mary Gray Studentship is for a Grade 12 pupil at Bishops and the selection process is conducted with the assistance of the Senior Tutor from St John’s College Cambridge.

For further information please click here or contact Dr Paul Murray