Nthabiseng Xashimba describes herself as a curious lady who loves to learn. This love and desire to excel has enabled her to pass her matric with 7 subject distinctions with an overall aggregate of 85%. This phenomenal young lady obtained distinctions in English, Afrikaans, Mathematics, Life Science, Physical Science, Life Orientation and Dramatic Arts.  Nthabiseng set herself the goal of achieving triple honours at School when she was in Grade 8 and has never lost sight of it. This goal lead to her working hard and striving for excellence, obtaining full honours for academics, culture and sport at St. Martin’s College from Grade 9 in 2012 through to Grade 11 and now Matric.

Nthabiseng was awarded the prestigious SSP Scholarship in 2010 when she was identified at Monde Primary School. She lives with her unemployed single mother and her little brother in Kathlehong Township next to Germiston. She attributes her success and achievement to her mother Nozuko, SSP and her St. Martin’s School who have always believed in her even when she did not believe in herself.

She went from being an introvert in Grade 8, to being an opinionated young lady who participated in individual and group public speaking events.  She seized the opportunities that were presented to her and participated in sports such as tennis and hockey. Being committed to the SSP ethos of developing leaders through academic excellence and impacting lives, Nthabi made time to tutor some of her fellow boarders whilst fulfilling her prefect duties.

Nthabiseng has been accepted to study medicine at Stellenbosch University and at the University of Cape Town. She aims to specialise in Ophthalmology inspired by the partial loss of sight by her mother.

SSP is thrilled to have been able to impact Nthabiseng’s life through the scholarship. SSP offers more than a scholarship, but changes the lives of our scholars, their families and their school. Our comprehensive core support programmes ensures that our scholars are able to perform optimally through the Scholar Programme officers, holiday programmes and mentorship programmes. We are proud of the great achievements of our scholars who despite their adversities, seize the opportunity and excel.


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SSP has opportunities for professionals who have a passion for education and want to transform lives. We invite you to sign up to volunteer for the our Scholarship Interviews which will take place on 08 October 2016. You will have an opportunity to interact with Gauteng’s excellent scholars and their parents. This is an engagement […]

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Applicant Feature: Thando Zwane

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Thando lives with her 95-year-old grandfather, two younger brothers, and three younger cousins in Katlehong Township outside of Johannesburg. Her mother and grandmother died when she was young. Q:  Tell us about your home situation. A:  I live with my grandfather who is my caregiver. I have two younger brothers. My grandfather relies on his pension and also […]

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Providing access through 5year high school scholarships

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Applications for the sought after Student Sponsorship Programme (SSP) high school scholarships are open until 31 August 2016. SSP recruits high potential and excellent Grade 6 scholars and enables them to attend top schools in the Gauteng, Eastern Cape, KwaZulu Natal and Western Cape areas. The scholars are mainly recruited from township school areas often […]

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In light of South Africa’s current economic state of affairs parents want quality education for their children but not all parents can afford the fees charged by the private schools at some of the country’s well known schools. In addition to this these schools are not able to accommodate the growing number of learners in […]

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Student Sponsorship Programme is calling upon all young leaders of tomorrow to apply for the SSP (Student Sponsorship Programme) high school scholarship

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5 year high school scholarships will be awarded to successful candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds/low income families to attend the country’s top schools Student Sponsorship Programme is offering academically excellent Grade 6 pupils the opportunity of a life time. Successful candidates will be awarded the prestigious 5 year high school scholarships to graduate from one of […]

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Kaya’s Spelling Bee participants awarded an SSP Scholarship

Kgothatso Mpahlele Grade 8 at St. Martin's School

Two Kaya FM Spelling Bee participants’ Kgothatso Mphahlele and Keddah Mhlanga have been awarded the prestigious 5 year High School Scholarship by the Student Sponsorship Programme. Kgothatso won the Spelling Bee competition last year whilst Keddah was a finalist in 2014. Kgothatso Mphahlele is a determined young lady with big dreams. She dreams of making […]

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