Cape Town - French Top 14 club Montpellier have launched a unique scholarship programme at renowned Bloemfontein school Grey College.
A donor, who is a confirmed international businessman who wishes to remain anonymous, initiated the Badawi Legacy Scholarship Programme, and through his association with Montpellier has involved the French club in the project.
Grey College announced on their official website that the scholarship programme, to be launched soon, will make contributions in three areas at the school over the next five years, including the introduction of French as a voluntary subject from 2018 onwards.
The programme has committed to make contributions to Grey College in three areas over the next five years:
- It will fund the appointment, by Grey College, of a French Language teacher for a period of five years.
- It 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.
The scholarship programme to attend Grey College will be awarded on a means-tested basis to scholars who lack similar or readily available alternatives. Scholarship holders will demonstrate potential in leadership and/or academia, and particularly the sport of rugby.