Pieter Hoogenboezem

Pieter Hoogenboezem

Kamohelo Mphuthi

Kamohelo Mphuthi

The University of the Free State appreciates and acknowledges the bright sparks in Grade 12 and is the organiser of the Matriculant of the Year Competition and the Star of Stars Competition. Both these competitions open on 1 April. The key is to incentivise students in the Free State and South Africa to be top achievers, but most importantly, to support them to overcome difficult circumstances, opening them up to greater opportunities in their student life and future careers. We encourage bright sparks in Grade 12 to enter these competitions, as the benefits and prizes are tremendous in terms of bursaries, personal development, and exposure.

By the end of 1980, Volksblad and the University of the Free State, together with BANKOVS, expressed the desire to launch a competition that would be unique to the Free State. The main objective of the competition was to identify top matriculant girls in the distribution area of Volksblad who wished to study at the UFS.

The first Matric Girl Competition was launched in 1981. The founding partners were Volksblad, who provided the necessary media exposure, BANKOVS, who provided the bursary for study at the UFS, and the UFS, who organised the competition. In 1985, Volkskas Bank replaced BANKOVS in the partnership.

In 1997, the competition changed to the ‘Matriculant of the Year’ Competition. For the first time, boys were allowed to enter. The criteria to enter are achievement in academics, leadership, culture, and sports.

The judging of the Matriculant of the Year Competition is based on achievements at academic, cultural, and sports level, and also takes into account leadership and personality. The judges are looking for a versatile and balanced matriculant. Twenty-five semi-finalists are chosen from the entries, judged according to a points scale based on the information obtained from the entry forms.

The Matriculant of the Year, as well as the finalist with the best personal achievement, is announced at a prestigious gala dinner. A prize is also awarded to the finalist with the most spirited personality.

In 2020, the Matriculant of the Year Competition will celebrate the 40th year of this national and prestigious competition in partnership with Volksblad.

Learners from Quintile 1-5 and IEB Schools can enter.

We are very proud of the 2019 winner, Pieter Hoogenboezem from Pietersburg High School. He currently studies BSc Physiotherapy. Click here to view the gallery.

Click here to download the entry form for the 2020 Matriculant of the Year Competition. For more information, contact Linda Greyling between 08:00 and 12:30 or greylinl@ufs.ac.za.

The Star of Stars Competition is aimed at targeting recruitment, but mostly acknowledging top achievers in Quintile 1, 2, and 3 schools. In 2019, the fourth group will enter this competition which has grown in leaps and bounds from just three districts to all five districts in the Free State.

The Star of Stars Competition is holistic, empowering finalists through career counselling, mentorship, and guidance on campus life. Entries are evaluated in three categories, i.e. academic performance, leadership achievements, and community involvement.

Kamohelo Mphuthi from Leifo-Iziko Combined School in Reitz walked away as the Star of Stars 2019/2020. He is enrolled for BSc majoring in Actuarial Science and is a resident of Karee. In his acceptance speech, he said: “In everything that you do, strive for nothing but perfection. I hope to be a leader who is an academic, who is affable and approachable and a leader who inspires those who came before me and the future winners”. Click here to view the gallery.

Click here to download the entry form for the 2020 Star of Stars Competition. Entries close on 31 August 2020. Send the completed form to:
Star of Stars Competition
For attention: The Director, Student Recruitment Services
PO Box 339, Bloemfontein 9300

The entry form can also be delivered by hand to Student Recruitment Services, Wekkie Saayman Building, cnr Rector and Graduandi avenues, UFS Bloemfontein Campus.

Terms and Conditions apply.

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