‘Through ISFAP I am so close to the finishing line of achieving my childhood dream of becoming a medical doctor and moreover, a first-generation doctor in my family. Without the financial support of ISFAP, I would not have managed to reach this far.’—Sizamkele Hombakazi Mahlasela, 5th year medical student, Walter Sisulu University
Funders of tertiary education want to know that their investment is used effectively, and accounted for professionally. They also demand to see results and want to know that their money is applied purposefully to make a noticeable difference. At the same time, talented, motivated students with a lack of funding need support to set them on the road as critical skills providers.
The Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme (ISFAP) Foundation NPC attracts investment into the future of our communities and the economy: its focus and practical approach is to support the ‘missing middle’ segment of students at public universities throughout South Africa. ISFAP currently focuses mainly on the critical skills needed in the IT and data science, engineering, chartered accountancy, actuarial and medical professions. The programme’s expansion into funding other disciplines will remain responsive to the skills demands of the economy.
In 2021 ISFAP became the largest private bursary provider in the country, and was named as the ‘Best Bursary provider’ by the B-BBEE Commission.