Kaya’s Spelling Bee participants awarded an SSP Scholarship
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 a positive impact in South Africa and the world and understands that getting an education is the beginning of realising her dream.
Kgothatso lives in Diepkloof with her mother Evelyn, who she says is her role model and mentor. She has been a star pupil from Grade 1 collecting numerous awards at the Johannesburg Girls Preparatory School.
Seeing Kgothatso’s potential and the eagerness to excel, Evelyn encouraged Kgothatso to apply for the Student Sponsorship Programme’s (SSP) scholarship in 2014. She was successful in the recruitment process and was invited to be part of the Scholar Development Programme (SDP) where she was further groomed and supported in English and Mathematics during the SSP’s SDP programme activities which included camps, leadership and team building workshops.
Kgothatso entered and won the Kaya FM Spelling B competition last year and she served in the Johannesburg mini council proudly representing her primary school. She has been awarded an SSP Scholarship for her entire high school career. She will be attending St. Martin’s School which is one of SSP’s partner schools and is amongst the top 20 schools in the country.
Keddah Mhlanga will be amongst the first SSP Scholars to attend St. Dunstan’s College, a new SSP partner school in Gauteng. She is a hard working, determined and well mannered young woman with a love for Mathematics. Keddah lives with her mother, grandmother, aunt and cousin in KwaThema. She was a prefect at Montessori Primary School in Springs where she won various academic and extra curricular awards. Keddah hopes of becoming a Paediatrician.
The two are amongst 51 new SSP Scholars who will be starting at various partner schools in 2016. “We wish them well in their new journey and we believe that they will continue to be proud ambassadors of our programme.” Jenny Ketley, Executive Director at SSP