Imagine Scholar is a school creating outstanding opportunities for students in rural South Africa. The school is creating bright futures with its approach


Imagine Scholar creates outstanding opportunities for students, it rejects the one-fits-all model of schooling and prefers to focus on the students individual skills, nurturing the individual learning styles and encouraging the students to create prototype, collaborate, challenge one another, and even fail!

“Our entrepreneurial approach to education is highly tactile and action-oriented. We learn from experiencing and dive into real-world problems in our community.”

The school pushes the boundaries of what is accessible and attainable in the rural setting. They believe in the power of holistic and diverse experiences to effect sustainable development at home. The students are imbued with skills with skills that they can apply to create sustainability and change.

The concept was born out of a dream by one young American named Corey Johnson and five students from Nkomazi in 2009. Together the group recognized that youth from rural, under-resourced areas were unfairly restricted from reaching their full potential. Imagine Scholar was setup in Mpumalanga.

“They wanted to create a pathway for motivated youth to excel in university, succeed professionally, and effect sustainable social change. Today, our young leaders are transforming their communities in unprecedented fashion.”


Over the last eight years, the scholars have had outstanding opportunities. Many of them find themselves in programs, academies, competitions, and conferences across South Africa, across African borders, and even internationally!

“One of our primary organizational goals is to have Imagine Scholar be run by student alumni on the ground by the year 2020. This way, the alumni become role models in their communities, and become personally responsible for the progressive development of their neighborhoods.”

Image Scholar will continue to encourage individuality, push creativity, and develop our student-driven approach for years to come. It’s our culture!

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Sources: Imagine Scholar

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