Enable South Africans to get a College Education
SSASF provides college tuition and residency for academically strong South African students who have excelled despite adverse circumstances. Your support will allow a very worthy student to realize their dream by contributing to the payment of their tuition and/or residency at university.
In South Africa only 22% of the black population achieves an education of high school or higher. Poverty and the aftermath of apartheid have produced an environment where 48.2% of South Africa’s 15-24 year-old population is unemployed. By providing the opportunity of a university education to motivated and talented youth, SSASF empowers those youth to not only obtain an education, but to become leaders and to give back to their community.
About Seattle South African Scholarship Foundation
Partner since August, 2012
The mission of Seattle South African Scholarship Foundation (SSASF) is to provide financial support to allow a deserving secondary school graduate in South Africa to attend university.
SSASF high school students in Seattle are committed to providing the financial support necessary for their South African peers to step out of the crippling cycle of poverty by enabling university attendance. The Seattle high school students have consistently reached their target of providing over $25,000 annually from self-driven fund raisers. As the South African students escape the lingering vestiges of apartheid by pursuing further education, they are empowered to provide leadership to other youth within their communities. Not only are the lives of the recipients transformed, but they also serve as an inspiration for others to strive toward success despite the prohibitive challenges they face each day. Both the Seattle and South African students expand their horizons as their relationship grows, thus providing mutual benefit. To date, SSASF has provided scholarships for 10 worthy young men and women who have been accepted in universities near Cape Town, but would not have been able to attend without SSASF’s financial support.