SSP’s Nthabiseng Xashimba aces Matric
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.
About Student Sponsorship Programme
Student Sponsorship Programme (SSP), is a non-profit trust, has provided educational opportunities to hundreds of talented South African scholars from low income families to attend the best secondary schools in Gauteng, the Eastern Cape and Western Cape. With the generous contributions of institutional and individual sponsors from South Africa, the US, and the UK, SSP awards five year high school scholarships to academically distinguished scholars.
SSP’s vision is to develop “Leaders for South Africa” who are committed to the creation of a non-racist, non-sexist, democratic, united and prosperous South Africa as articulated in the South African Constitution. Our hope is that once our scholars become alumni they will remain committed to public service and are people of influence in their respective careers.
For more than a decade, despite coming from disadvantaged backgrounds, our scholars have flourished when given access to quality high school education. The programme has 100% pass rate and nearly all of our scholars attend or have attended tertiary institutions and a select few have been awarded the opportunity to further their studies in the US.
- Over 800 scholars have benefited from the programme and many more have been impacted by the scholar development programme
- 520 alumni; some of whom are studying or working in the most vital sectors in our economy
- 5 graduates have attended Amherst College in Massachusetts as Nelson Mandela Scholars.
- 1 graduate is on the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Programme at Duke University
- SSP Scholars hold positions of leadership in student governance, athletics and cultural activities at their schools
For more information, contact:
Marketing and Communications Officer, Nosipho Nkosi
010 206 0174 or at 072 664 0186 email: Nosipho.Nkosi@ssp.org.za