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The SSP programme will not be conducting any recruitment this year.

Our Scholar Recruitment process is broad in reach and rigorous in searching for learners who will ultimately be placed on the programme. Our recruitment period is from 1 June to 31 August annually. 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. Finally, we have partnerships with various print and broadcast media organisations, where we put out a call for applications.

We then take each application through a screening process to ensure that all requested documents and academic reports are attached. We pay particular attention to the scholars’ academic results – ensuring that the criteria is met as follows: 70% + in English, Maths and Natural Science and an overall report average of 70% and above. We look at the disclosed income statements of parents and guardians, to shortlist learners who come from low-income households. Once the applicant has been screened, they go through the first phase of selection.

Selection Process:

  • Entrance Exams
  • Interviews
  • Differential Aptitude Test (DAT)
  • Adolescent Self-Perception Inventory (ASPI)
  • Finalist Day
  • Selection & Placement


Entrance Exams:

Applicants who meet our basic application criteria are invited to write a benchmarking test for English and Mathematics. We test their comprehension and critical thinking skills, rather than content.


We conduct two-part interviews, for social and financial assessment of each applicant and their family. Interviews are conducted by a panel of volunteers consisting of SSP staff, SSP alumni and carefully selected volunteers.


The Differential Aptitude Test (DAT) is administered by an external specialist service provider, and serves to map each learner’s potential across five indicators, namely: Verbal, Non-Verbal, Computation, Memory and Reading skills.


The Adolescent Self-Perception Inventory (ASPI) is an EQ test, which is written to understand where each applicant sits on the emotional intelligence spectrum.

Finalist Day:

An outdoor camp takes place, to ensure maximum participation and to let the applicants have fun! Applicants are observed by the SSP Recruitment and Academic Team, who look at how well applicants participate in group activities, their communication skills, team orientation, leadership potential and communication with peers. A leadership and teen motivation workshop is also done here to empower applicants.

Selection & Placement:

After careful observation of all applicants, a panel sits to review each application. Applicants are matched to our Partner Schools. Ultimately, the SSP Scholarship is awarded to between 30 – 50 scholars each year.

The application phases take place over a period of 10 months.


Do I have to be a grade 6 learner?

Yes! Whether you are applying from Gauteng or the Eastern Cape, all applicants have to be in Grade 6 at the time of application.

Do I have to be a grade 6 learner?

Yes! Whether you are applying from Gauteng or the Eastern Cape, all applicants have to be in Grade 6 at the time of application.

Do I have to be a South African citizen?

You must be a South African citizen or have legal refugee status in the Republic of South Africa. Permanent residents are not eligible for the SSP scholarship.

What school will I attend if selected as an SSP Scholar?

SSP scholarship recipients attend one of our SSP Partner Schools. Scholar placement is a collaborative effort between SSP and the Partner Schools.

Can I fax or email the application or its components to the Student Sponsorship Programme?

Emails are accepted but faxed applications will not be accepted. Completed application forms can be emailed or are to be hand delivered to our offices or designated library collection points.
Eastern Cape applicants to be notified on where to drop off application forms.
Gauteng applications to be hand-delivered to: SSP Gauteng, NBC Building, 22 Ridge Rd, Parktown, Johannesburg.
For more information, please mail: Taulani.Mudau@ssp.org.za

What represents a complete application?

You have completed the preliminary application process when you have delivered the application form, complete with your personal information, school report, birth certificate copy, parents/guardian ID copies and parent/guardian financial information (payslips or affidavits) to us.

What are the requirements to apply to SSP?

You must:
Be in Grade 6.
Be not older than 12 years of age at the time of application.
Achieve an overall average of 70% or more in Grade 5.
Have a 70% minimum aggregate for mathematics, English and natural science.
Be in financial need – less that R 200,000.00 combined annual household income.
Have leadership potential.
Be community service orientated.

Who selects the Scholars?

Final selection is made by the Student Scholarship Programme Panel. The Panel reviews the applications and interviews the finalists.

When do I find out if I am a recipient of an SSP Scholarship?

Applications are now closed and the recruitment is in process. Successful candidates will be informed about the details of the entrance exam by telephone and email.