One-year schol­ar­ship for top stu­dent

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Moorosi Tsiane

THE Le­sotho Na­tional Olympics Com­mit­tee (LNOC) has awarded a $860 (about M12 298) one-year schol­ar­ship to Le­qele High School stu­dent Matšeliso Toloane in recog­ni­tion of her aca­demic and sport­ing per­for­mance.

The schol­ar­ship was handed over dur­ing LNOC’S an­nual gen­eral meet­ing on Sun­day at AVANI Maseru Ho­tel.

Ac­cord­ing to LNOC Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Mo­rake Raleaka, the schol­ar­ship was funded by the Olym­pa­frica Foundation which sup­ports projects in Africa and fo­cuses on dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties.

Dubbed Keba Mbaye Schol­ar­ship, the grant is meant to ben­e­fit un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren in African coun­tries us­ing Olym­pa­frica cen­tres by cov­er­ing their school­ing and per­sonal needs.

He said Toloane used the Lepereng Olym­pa­frica Cen­tre in Maseru, adding that she was awarded the schol­ar­ship after the fa­cil­ity ap­plied to the Olym­pa­frica Foundation.

“All Olym­pa­frica cen­tres have the op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply for this schol­ar­ship ev­ery year, with the win­ners se­lect­ing a child of their choice to ben­e­fit for a pe­riod of a year,” said Raleaka.

“We ap­ply to the Olym­pa­frica Foundation on be­half of dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren through our cen­tre and come up with a mo­ti­va­tion on the schol­ar­ship’s pos­i­tive im­pact on the life of a re­cip­i­ent.

“How­ever, ap­ply­ing does not nec­es­sar­ily re­sult in a schol­ar­ship, since we are the only south­ern African coun­try to win it this year.”

The LNOC boss said the schol­ar­ship would cover Toloane’s needs for the 2017 aca­demic year.

“She will be a Form D stu­dent next year, so the schol­ar­ship will be cov­er­ing all her school needs in­clud­ing tu­ition fee, books, uni­form, school ed­u­ca­tional trips and many more.

“The bal­ance will be used to com­pli­ment her nu­tri­tion at home and cover her trans­port costs to school,” he said.

“Toloane was se­lected based on her hard work and com­mit­ment since she started at­tend­ing our Lepereng-based cen­tre. Dur­ing the han­dover cer­e­mony, Toloane’s le­gal guardians were also present.”

While con­ced­ing that a one-year schol­ar­ship was not enough to make a long-term im­pact, Raleaka was quick to stress that it would help the guardians save money for the com­ing year.

“Of course, we are all aware that a one-year schol­ar­ship is not enough be­cause it was de­signed to ben­e­fit as many chil­dren on the African con­ti­nent as pos­si­ble. The good thing is the schol­ar­ship will help the guardians to save for the next year, and that is why we made sure they were present at the han­dover cer­e­mony,” he said.

At the same event, LNOC handed over diploma cer­tifi­cates to 12 stu­dents who com­pleted a one-year Ad­vanced Sports Man­age­ment course last year.

“Twenty stu­dents en­rolled for this course, but only 12 man­aged to pass after a full as­sess­ment was made,” Raleaka added.

FROM left: LISA pres­i­dent Caswel Moru, LNOC pres­i­dent Mat­lo­hang Moiloa Ramo­qopo and schol­ar­ship ben­e­fi­ciary Mat­seliso Toloane dur­ing the han­dover cer­e­mony.

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