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The 40th Matriculant of the Year Competition is presented by the University of the Free State (UFS), Netwerk24 and Volksblad. From the left are Prof. Francis Petersen (vice-chancellor of the UFS), Pieter Hoogenboezem (previous winner) and Gert Coetzee (editor of Volksblad).
The 40th Matriculant of the Year Competition is presented by the University of the Free State (UFS), Netwerk24 and Volksblad. From the left are Prof. Francis Petersen (vice-chancellor of the UFS), Pieter Hoogenboezem (previous winner) and Gert Coetzee (editor of Volksblad).

Pieter Hoogenboezem describes his first year as a student of the University of the Free State (UFS) as a roller-coaster ride.

“I didn’t know what to expect, but looked forward to it nevertheless.”

Although Covid-19 was an uphill battle last year, this medical student, the 39th winner of the Matriculant of the Year Competition, thoroughly enjoyed the taste of student life when he could finally return to campus.

Due to the pandemic this annual competition, which has been running since 1981, had to be cancelled last year.

A competition so deeply rooted in the school community is not kept down for long, however, and matriculants from all over the country are invited to enter the 40th Matriculant of the Year Competition presented by the UFS, Netwerk24 and Volksblad.

Well-rounded matriculants – learners who not only perform academically, but are also involved in culture, sport and leadership at their schools – who plan to study at the UFS full-time in 2022 can enter the competition. Community service and involvement are also considered during adjudication.

Schools can also enter matriculants. The principal’s signature and school stamp must appear on the form.

All entries will be adjudicated according to set criteria, after which 25 semifinalists will be chosen.

Out of the 25, a total of 14 finalists will compete in the final round of the competition. This will take place in Bloemfontein from 5 to 7 October.

Before the winner is chosen, the finalists will take part in team sessions and be interviewed.

The winner and 13 finalists will receive prize money sponsored by Kovsie Alumni Trust, Mazars, Absa and Pick n Pay Preller Walk, bursaries of UFS Student Recruitment Services and gifts to the value of R10 000.

The other 11 semifinalists will receive prize money sponsored by Kovsie Alumni Trust and bursaries of UFS Student Recruitment Services.

Two special prizes of R5 000 each, sponsored by Kovsie Alumni Trust, will be awarded for outstanding achievement in the fields of leadership, academics, sport or culture.

  • Students will receive their bursaries and prize money after registering at the UFS. Entries should reach the UFS before or on 6 Augustus. Send an email to Linda Greyling at greylinl@­ufs.ac.za for entry forms and more information.
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