Matrics can win big prizes

2016-06-01 06:00


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BRIGHT matriculants from all over the country can now enter the Matriculant of the Year Competition.

Prizes to the value of thousands of rands are available for the winner and the 23 other finalists.

This competition, held annually by Volksblad, parent newspaper of Express Eastern Free State, and the University of the Free State (UFS), is open for all matriculants of 2016.

The only requirement is that any matriculant who enters the competition must have the intention to study full-time at the UFS in Bloemfontein in 2017.

All schools have already received the entry forms.

However, achievers do not have to wait for their schools to nominate them to enter this prestigious competition, where the doors to study can be opened for the winner and the finalists.

Achievers can nominate themselves, but the principal’s signature and the school stamp must be on the completed form.

The closing date for the competition is 30 July and interested matriculants must hurry up to enter.

The finalists are selected according to their achievements in, amongst others, academy, culture, sport and leadership.

A total of 25 semi-finalists are selected from all the entries.

Out of this, 14 finalists are chosen for the final round.

During the weekend of 30 September to 2 October, the 14 finalists and their parents are hosted by the sponsors.

The finalists will then take part in a final tough selection programme to establish the winner.

This year, the winner will receive an overseas trip for two donated by XL Astra Travel, the use of a Volkswagen up! for a year – valued at R60 000 – sponsored by Lindsay Saker, prize money of R10 000 from the sponsors Kovsie Alumni-Trust, KPMG, Absa and Pick n Pay Hypermarket, a R12 000 bursary from the UFS and a weekend and gifts worth R6 000.

The prizes for the 13 top finalists are prize money of R10 000 from the sponsors Kovsie Alumni-Trust, KPMG, Absa and Pick n Pay Hypermarket, a bursary of R7 500 from the UFS and a weekend and gifts valued at R6 000.

The best achievers in sport and in culture will each receive a prize.

Each one of the 11 semi-finalists receives R3 000 prize money from the Kovsie Alumni-Trust and a R3 500 bursary from the UFS.

Bursaries and prize money are paid in 2017 as soon as the student registers at the UFS.

All the information on how to enter is on the entry forms.

Contact Linda Greyling at the UFS at 051-401-3384 (during the morning) or send an email to her at ­ for any enquiries or for an entry form.

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