- Triphin Mudzvengi achieved seven distinctions, yet couldn't gain access to a university
- She hoped to study Mechanical Engineering, but her parents earned basic wages and couldn't afford the R150 000 tuition fees for the year
- Thanks to a crowdfunding initiative, the donations from the public have ensured that Triphin was now able to register for her first year at Wits University
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Briefly.co.za previously reported on the touching story of Triphin Mudzvengi, who bagged an incredible seven distinctions.
Despite finishing at the top student at Golf View Secondary School, Triphin was denied access to university due to her financial situation.
With her father working as a part-time bricklayer and mother as a domestic worker, there was no way the family could afford the R150 000 in annual tuition fees.
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Ordinarily, Triphin would have been a prime candidate for NSFAS funding, but due to the fact that she is Zimbabwean, she was automatically ineligible.
She was also restricted in terms of approaching the Zimbabwean embassy due to a recent law change.
However, Triphin's story has a beautiful ending, with the talented learner being able to register at Wits University for Mechanical Engineering, as reported by GroundUp.
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A while back, crowdfunding projects were initiated and thanks to donations from the general public, Triphin has been able to come up with the tuition fees.
Briefly.co.za learnt that her excellent grades came in handy eventually as she earned a R15 000 top-performer discount.
A friend of the family Priscilla Marodza was the driving force behind the public funding programme and called on foreign nationals to support each other wherever possible.
Marodza said, “The story of Triphin is an eye opener to all foreign nationals living outside their countries. Host governments always put their citizens first so we should unite and take care of the underprivileged people among us.”
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