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September 13, 2018


This year commemorates the centenary year of the most prolific leader or our time - Nelson Mandela. To honor his legacy and the worldwide initiative of #Mandela100 , RedFlight Innovation, Kweku and Ndaba Mandela's Africa Rising and Creative Visions/Rock Your World have come together to launch an academic and cultural fellowship for Eastern Cape students, commencing in 2019.

RedFlight, who has worked for Ndaba Mandela and Africa Rising in 2017 on a STEAM and entrepreneurship workshop, is aiming to amplify the centenary year of Nelson Mandela and his passionate purpose by creating this fellowship and social impact initiative.

As an Ambassador of Africa Rising, the scholar will collaborate with Creative Visions and Rock Your World, a non-profit organization dedicated to social activism, to activate an advocacy program that helps solve human-rights struggles using media and the arts. The fellowship - which will be a two week cultural immersion in Los Angeles, California, will be open to junior and senior level learners who exhibit academic excellence and an ongoing commitment to volunteering in the community on projects that espouse the leadership attributes of Madiba. These projects can be civic engagement, social justice or simply leading projects that serve the greater good of the Eastern Cape and that actively interpret Madiba's legacy of working to meet the needs of the South African community.

"We are truly honored to be a part of this project with long-time collaborators Creative Visions. As my grandfather said - Each of us as citizens, has a role to play in creating a better world for our children. Africa Rising is proud to support this fellowship.”

Kweku Mandela

Co-Founder, Africa Rising

Grandson of Nelson Mandela


The fellowship is open to current 11th and 12th grade female students at Khanyisa High School, a school that has been taken under the wing of Africa Rising. Applications open officially on December 1, 2018 based on the below eligibility:


  • Applicants/learners must be a female junior or graduating senior currently enrolled at Khanyisa High School. 

  • Students must exhibit exceptional academic merit - students with Grade 7s in the majority of their subjects over 3 consecutive terms will be considered top candidates ; if no student receives A grades in all subjects, students will be evaluated based on the highest grade point average among the applicants. The fellowship aims to reward a scholar who exhibits outstanding achievement in both academics and service to the community.

  • Must demonstrate active engagement in the community through volunteerism or an ongoing project that serves the Mthatha community, that embrace the tenets of Nelson Mandela's legacy - the eradication of poverty and inequality, the dismantling of constructs that prevent the uplift of the South African community and social justice/acts of goodwill.

  • Scholarship includes one round trip ticket to Los Angeles California, incl. room and *board.

  • Learners submit one letter of recommendation from a teacher or clergyman. 

  • Application must include a 500 word or less personal essay and optional video.

  • Student must provide proof of Travel Medical Aide (Insurance)

  • Student is responsible for their securing their own passport.

  • Signed letter of permission from your primary guardian/parent. 

  • All applications must be reviewed and approved by the Principal of Khanyisa High School before submission to RedFlight

*board = breakfast, lunch and dinner, housing for 14 days and a round trip coach ticket from Mthatha Airport (UMT) to Los Angeles, LAX Airport.

Sample Activities (subject to change):

  • 3 Days on location at Creative Visions in Malibu California to act as an Ambassador of Africa Rising for a Rock Your World social impact initiative.

  • Visit to the Hollywood Bowl to a Classical Music concert (Brahms, Mozart) and the Hollywood Bowl Museum for a historic exploration into Classical music and the arts. 

  • Visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the J Paul Getty Center

  • Tour of Google Headquarters

  • Tour of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

  • Healthy Cooking Classes

  • Whale watching trip to Catalina Island

  • Tour a local University Campus (USC)

Period of eligibility begins with Terms 2, 3 and 4 (2018) - 3 consecutive quarters - which is the period of evaluation for each applicant's academic scores and community service.

The learner's visit shall take place on June 19 - July 3, 2019.

Applicants are encouraged to send an email to to be notified when the application period opens in early December. The award recipient will be chosen in late February, 2019.

If you are a Corporate Sponsor and wish to provide support for this scholarship in the form of airlines tickets or underwriting the costs of travel and activities, please reach out to Creative Visions, a 501c3 is the fiscal sponsor of RedFlight's Access to Innovation programs for all donations.


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