The Leverhulme Trustees have been seeking ways to provide scholarships outside the UK, thus ensuring that the benefits of the Founder's wealth, which was generated internationally, can be enjoyed internationally. This summer The Leverhulme Trust awarded £2.5m to The Mandela Rhodes Foundation to assist in the achievement of its vision for the scholarship programme: to have 100 Mandela Rhodes Scholars from across Africa, in residence per year from 2012. The Trust's grant will, over a period of five years, lead to the permanent endowment of 10 scholarships at the Foundation.
The Mandela Rhodes Foundation was established in 2003 when The Rhodes Trust, entered into a partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The central purpose of the Foundation is to build exceptional leadership capacity in Africa through its various leadership development and training programmes.
The Mandela Rhodes Scholarships programme is the signature programme of the Foundation, offering educational opportunities to all African citizens under the age of 30, with scholastic, intellectual and leadership potential to study at suitable tertiary institutions in South Africa or other African countries.
Following a visit to Cape Town, the Director of the Trust confirmed that the current student body is immensely impressive in terms of the motivation and quality of the individuals involved.
Mandela Rhodes Scholars, August 2008The Trustees strongly hold the view that the people best able to decide how to do something are those who know about it. To award scholarships in a different country, it is essential to find people in that country who understand the opportunities and needs and who can therefore organise matters wisely and with purpose. They have been proud to recognise The Mandela Rhodes Foundation as uniquely well-placed within Africa to undertake the organisation of a scholarship programme, as its achievements already confirm and as the character of the current scholars so clearly demonstrates.
More details on the work of the foundation can be found at www.mandelarhodes.org