Top matriculant accepted into Harvard

2014-05-19 00:00

GREG Royston, a top 2013 matriculant and SA Schools golfer, has been accepted as an undergraduate to Harvard University, one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Royston (19) from Hillcrest, heard last week that he has been accepted for this September’s intake at the esteemed Ivy League university in Massachusetts.

Over his four years as a Harvard undergraduate, Greg will study 32 courses, majoring in applied mathematics and economics.

He matriculated from Kearsney College last year with nine distinctions and a 93% aggregate and was placed in the top five percent nationally in last year’s IEB matriculation results.

“My parents always encouraged me to dream big. My interest in finance was sparked by a teacher at Kearsney, where I was taught to think out of the box, and also to challenge things and understand everything for myself, not just because I’ve been told something,” he said.

Harvard University celebrates its 378th anniversary this year and is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States.

“[After visiting Harvard] I was enormously impressed — not only by the facilities, history and famous alumni — but also by the intrinsic philosophy of collaboration and the friendly and welcoming environment,” he said.

Royston, who also played golf for the KZN Men’s team in 2013 and represented SA Schools, will also take part in the university’s golf programme.

Kearsney headmaster Elwyn van den Aardweg said Royston was clearly an intelligent young man who was also a gifted sportsman.

“This combination, at the level that he performs at, is truly rare. He has flourished in an environment which offers excellence to the well-rounded individual, and has enormous academic and golfing talent which we believe will be enhanced by his Harvard experience.”

He was also offered scholarships to the American universities of Notre Dame, Indiana and Duke in North Carolina.

Harvard receives about 40 000 applications from around the world each year and enrols just 2 000 first-year students.

He will be guided and supported by a Kearsney College Old Boy William Scott, who matriculated in 2005 and studied engineering at Harvard. Scott is currently employed at Morgan Stanley as a sales and trading associate in New York City.

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