Published Online: December 5, 2011
Published in Print: December 7, 2011, as Winfrey's School in South Africa Turns Out First Graduates

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Winfrey's School in South Africa Turns Out First Graduates

Students perform a dance routine in honor of fellow students who will be the first to graduate from the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in Henley-on-Klip, South Africa.
Students perform a dance routine in honor of fellow students who will be the first to graduate from the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in Henley-on-Klip, South Africa.
—Denis Farrell/AP
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Mpumi Nobiva, whose mother died of AIDS, was raised by her grandmother in a neighborhood in South Africa beset by poverty and crime. Now one of the first students to graduate from a girls' school financed by Oprah Winfrey, she is headed to college in North Carolina.

Ms. Winfrey spent $40 million to give her girls a campus with computer and science labs, a library, and a wellness center. None paid tuition.

And as the South African school year nears its end, all 72 members of the school's first graduating class have been accepted to universities in South Africa or the United States. More than a dozen have received full scholarships.

Vol. 31, Issue 13, Page 5

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