Matriculants can win

2019-07-10 06:01
Esmé Aucamp of the Kovsie Alumni Trust with Boitumelo Mahloko, one of the 14 finalists in the 2018 Matriculant of the Year competition, studying B.Com. at the University of the Free State.Photo: Mlungisi Louw

Esmé Aucamp of the Kovsie Alumni Trust with Boitumelo Mahloko, one of the 14 finalists in the 2018 Matriculant of the Year competition, studying B.Com. at the University of the Free State.Photo: Mlungisi Louw

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The Kovsie Alumni Trust assists the University of the Free State (UFS) in recruiting talented and balanced all-rounder matriculants to undertake their tertiary studies at the university.

To further that goal, the trust has been involved with the annual Matriculant of the Year Competition of the UFS and Volksblad since its inception in 1981, says Esmé Aucamp of the Kovsie Alumni Trust.

Aucamp says thanks to the competition and with the help of the Kovsie Alumni Trust, some of the best learners are recruited to study at the UFS.

The Kovsie Alumni Trust contributes R100 000 to the competition and the 25 semi­finalists in the competition all gain from this.

Aucamp, also the chairperson of the judges of the competition, said the Kovsie Alumni Trust mainly recruits ex-Kovsies from all over the country and the world to contribute to the trust.

The proceeds are made available in the form of bursaries to many students and also to worthy projects.

Boitumelo Mahloko is one of the all-rounder matriculants who participated in the 2018 competition.

She is now studying at the UFS, thanks to the Matriculant of the Year Competition.

This former prefect and learner of Mitchell House in Polokwane, Limpopo, is studying B.Com., specialising in investment management and banking.

Mahloko has a lot to be proud about. She has been selected for four professional league senior netball teams, namely the Free State Crinums, University Sports South Africa (Ussa), the Manguang senior team and the Varsity Cup team.

Being so far away from home, Mahloko says life at university has not been the easiest.

“I believe what is making it even more challenging is playing varsity netball while trying to juggle my studies. I am at netball practice everyday for about five hours a day. But I still go to class and study,” this tough young woman says.

“I take every day as it comes and I believe it will get better. I am handling everything well so far,” she said.

For her, to be a Matriculant of the Year finalist, really was a blessing.

“It boosts my self-confidence so much. To be appreciated like that for all your hard work only makes me want to do more. Thank you again for the opportunity,” she says.

Matriculants from all over the country who excel in academics and are involved in culture, sport and leadership at their schools can enter for the Matriculant of the Year competition.

The learner’s involvement in their community will also be taken in consideration during the evaluation process.

Entrants must be of the intention to study full-time at the UFS from 2020.

Each entry will be evaluated according to specific criteria, after which 25 semi-finalists will be announced.

Entries must reach the UFS before or on 2 August.

Call Linda Greyling at the UFS on 051-401-3384 (during the morning) for more information or send an email to greylinl@


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