Congratulations - Mignon du Preez: Winner: Undergraduate Achievement Award US$5,000

CONGRATULATIONS - Mignon du Preez!

This is Mignon's Personal Statement:

Mingon du Preez.jpgMy name is Mingon du Preez.  I am currently a second year BA Degree Psychology student at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Academically, my training to qualify as a Registered Counsellor, begins in 2014. After attaining this qualification, I aim to complete my Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology.

The inspiration that motivates me to strive for perfection, is drawn from the poem by Jim Rohn, titled “The Two Choices We Face”. 

To quote: , “Each of us has two distinct choices to make, about what we will do with our lives. The first choice we can make is to be less than we have the capacity to be. To earn less. To have less. To read less, and think less. To try less, and discipline ourselves less. These are the choices that lead to an empty life.


And the second choice? To do it all! To become all that we can possibly be. To read every book that we possibly can. To earn as much as we possibly can. To give and share as much as we possibly can. To strive, and produce, and accomplish as much as we possibly can. All of us have the choice.”

I have chosen the second option.  I choose to enthusiastically embrace every opportunity I get, to diligently and wisely use the talents I have been blessed with, to the best of my ability, and strive to ensure tangible, practical, meaningful benefits and advantages, to all individuals I encounter. I aim, I plan, I accomplish, I conquer.

Receiving the Golden Key Undergraduate Achievement Scholarship is an immense honour for me.  It has proven that hard work pays off, and is a motivation to do much more, in the future.  It is rewarding to know that Golden Key acknowledges students who excel academically, have leadership qualities, and who willingly perform community service. Receiving this award will encourage me to inspire others to strive to do more, and serve as evidence that every small deed done, can ultimately accumulate into something exceptionally rewarding. I believe Golden Key is an amazing platform that encourages students to do more, to develop leadership skills, to perform well academically, and to give back to the community.  Golden Key makes the process of working hard so much more rewarding, because there is always a bigger picture, and ultimate prize, to focus on.

  • My affiliation with other membership organisations and awards include:
  • ·        Being a member of Golden Key Society
  • ·        Being a member, and Secretary of the local affiliation, of the Roteract Society
  • ·        Member of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Student Alumni Society
  • ·        Member of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Psychology Society
  • ·        Member : Beyond the Classroom (Leadership Skills Development Program)
  • ·        Member : Backpack to Briefcase (Introduction and Exposure to Corporate Business Environment Program)
  • ·        Community Outreach with African Unity Foundation
  • ·        Academic Achievement Honour Colours in school                  
  • ·        Scholastically positioned in the Top 20 Academic Achievers for 3 consecutive years
  • ·        Scholar Merit Award
  • ·        Matriculated with six subject distinctions

  We wish her all the best with her future endeavours!