Through the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation, Ms Winfrey funds the Academy and supports its graduates along their post-matric journey. In 2018 the 7th OWLAG class enters university with the assistance of the Foundation.
They could not be more proud of the accomplishments of the Pioneers (OWLAG Class of 2011), Legends (Class of 2012), Moguls (Class of 2013), Paragons (Class of 2014), Captains (Class of 2015), Luminaries (Class of 2016) and O’Mavericks (Class of 2017). They have persevered through the rigours of high school and defied the odds to progress to tertiary study.
In August 2017, they hosted the second ever Corporate Day at OWLAG. At the first such event in 2015, they invited business leaders to campus to meet OWLAF students in their final year of university. More than 90 corporate and foundation representatives attended the August 2017 event along with 125 of the university students. Some of the organizations that attended have offered those nearing university graduation internships or full employment. Moreover, several businesses have made bursaries and vacation jobs available to students still studying at varsity. The Foundation intends to maintain the momentum of the Corporate Day success to enlist additional potential partners to join generous donors such as:
Envisionit Dare to Dream Bursary Foundation
WDB Investment Holdings
Mary Oppenheimer and Daughters Foundation
The Foundation continues to offer funding and provide mentors for the students and they are grateful to all those who share with us in the important work of training tomorrow’s leaders.
Through a generous personal investment by Ms. Oprah Winfrey, the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation (OWLAF) was established to fund the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls – South Africa (OWLAG).
From the start, Oprah Winfrey knew that university study was essential to the students achieving their professional and personal goals, contributing to society and establishing financial independence.
The goals of the Foundation are to:
1. Serve as a bridge between the Academy and tertiary institutions.
2. Support the students through their tertiary studies.
3. Identify bursaries to fund students in tertiary programmes.