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UFS student receives a R50 000 PPS scholarship

03 May 2012 PPS
From the left:  Serena Moretti, PPS Scholarship runner-up, Barry Pretorius from PPS and Carmien Tolmie, PPS Scholarship Winner.

From the left: Serena Moretti, PPS Scholarship runner-up, Barry Pretorius from PPS and Carmien Tolmie, PPS Scholarship Winner.

PPS, the leading South African specialist financial services provider to graduate professionals, has awarded a student at the University of the Free State, its annual PPS Scholarship Award worth R50 000. Carmien Tolmie, who is currently studying towards h

Mike Jackson, CEO at PPS, says Tolmie has proven to be an outstanding student not only in terms of her excellent academic record but also in the numerous awards she has received, during her studies, including an award for the top undergraduate student by the South African Society of Microbiology. “Tolmie has worked extremely hard to get where she is today and we are confident that she will be making a significant contribution to scientific research in South Africa and internationally in years to come.”

“I am truly surprised, but very grateful, to have won this award,” said Tolmie. “To know that I can proceed with my Masters without any concern about my studying expenses relieves a huge financial pressure. More importantly, it also allows me to get on with the real task in hand: continuing to study as hard as possible.”

“I am an academic at heart and desire to work at university upon completion of my studies, as a researcher, as well as a lecturer,” says Tolmie.

The two runners up, Serena Moretti, a Microbiology Masters student at the University of the Free State and Magdalena Faul, an MBChB student at the University of Pretoria, also received R25,000 each to assist with their educational costs.

PPS awards a scholarship every year to an outstanding student with exceptional academic results to help cover the cost of tuition fees and books, as well as accommodation and an allowance.

To be eligible for the award, students must be registered at a South African university and be registering for at least a 4th year of academic study in 2012. They must also be studying for a profession, which on qualification, would be eligible for PPS membership such as medicine, accountancy or engineering and be a citizen or permanent resident of South Africa.

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