Student Sponsorship Programme
Developing Leaders Through Academic Excellence
SSP identifies academically distinguished learners from low-income homes and gives them the opportunity to attend and excel at South Africa’s top private and public high schools.
The Staff, Trustees and Scholars of SSP must demonstrate leadership, integrity, excellence, professionalism, and commitment to public service.
SSP develops leaders for South Africa, who are committed to creating the society reflected in the South African Constitution: a non-racist, non-sexist, democratic, united and prosperous South Africa. SSP Scholars will become people of influence who will advance these values, wherever they find themselves.
Alumni - Partners - Mentors - Volunteers
Akholiwe NgcebaSSP Alum
The Power of Education
Giggs KgoleSSP Alum
Aims to Be Africa’s Top Artist
Sarah DeneherSSP Intern
From Princeton University
Gus PringleSSP Donor
BBD Software Development
SSP Programme Recruitment
Our Scholar Recruitment process is broad in reach and rigorous in searching for learners who will ultimately be placed on the programme. We collect thousands of applications in urban areas, peri-urban areas, townships and outlying areas of Johannesburg, Pretoria, East London and Grahamstown. We achieve this through a network we have developed over the years, that consists of feeder schools, community centres, township-based education programmes, not-for-profit organisations, and libraries. We also have focused outreach activities each year, including activations in high-density areas, and we have partnerships with various print and broadcast media organisations, where we put out a call for applications.