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The Hugo-Hamman Scholarships

Hugo Hamman

“Spectemur agendo”  “Masigwetywe ngezenzo zethu”  “Let us be judged by our actions”

In 2017 the Hugo Hamman Trust created thirteen “Hugo-Hamman Scholarships” which will enable boys with promise from disadvantaged backgrounds to enjoy the same privileged education that the boys of the Hugo-Hamman family received at SACS since the 1890’s.  The scholarships provide tuition, boarding and extra-curricular financial support enabling these boys to have the best possible chance of excelling later in life.  Scholarships will be offered to deserving cases where without outside financial support, the family would not be able to send their child to SACS.  Proven financial need is a requirement for consideration.

The racial and socio-economic discrimination entrenched in “Apartheid South Africa” resulted in gross inequalities in education and inequality of access to education. The Scholarships will act in a small way to help redress the imbalance.  Accordingly, to help transform the racial demographic at the school, the Hugo-Hamman Scholarships will be offered to boys who are in terms of current definitions, or whose parents define themselves as either African or Coloured or, more generally, “people of colour”.  Once the transformation milestone is satisfactorily achieved the Trustees will open the Scholarships to boys from any disadvantaged background.

The Trustees believe that a good broad based education in a safe environment is essential for the development of leaders and that principled, value based leadership is crucial to the future of the people of South Africa. The hope is that the Scholarships will create leaders in our community.  Whilst no specific direction is given, it is hoped that recipients of the scholarship will pay attention to their studies, participate in sports, in particular team sports, and involve themselves enthusiastically in the many other non-academic extra-curricular activities provided at SACS.

The Trust will provide a level of financial support commensurate with the needs of the funded learner and his family including funding of boarding in the School Hostel where necessary, within the limitations established annually by the school.  It is the intention of the Trustees that one scholarship will be awarded each year to a boy in his first year at school and the scholarship will continue through to completion of schooling at SACS.  It is the aim that the Trust will support a boy in each year in other words at any given time, supporting 8 boys at SACS Junior School and 5 boys at SACS High School.  Subject to admission to the SACS High school, a boy receiving a scholarship in the Junior school will continue to do so through SACS High.  The Scholarships are granted by the Trustees of The Hugo-Hamman Trust and “funded learner” selection is made on the recommendation of the Principal of the school.  

Applications for this scholarship should be made using the appropriate application form which is obtainable from the Principal, SACS High School. Please contact Mrs Irene Innes (innesi@sacollege.org.za)