- Letlhogonolo Magoro is one inspiring young lady who has now gotten the opportunity of a lifetime
- The gifted athlete has been accepted on a full scholarship to a US university
- Speaking to Briefly.co.za, Magoro opened up about her background and success as a young athlete
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Letlhogonolo Magoro is the type of young lady who is pushing the boundaries and creating a better future for herself.
Magoro is a gifted athlete who has managed to run her way into several golden opportunities. The beautiful young lady grew up with her grandmother in a village called Mogaun near Groblersdal in Limpopo.
She later moved to Ga-Rankuwa, in Pretoria North to live with her parents. She attended a local high school but was quickly awarded a scholarship at Prestige college in 2013 due to her amazing athletic ability.
There Magoro continued to flourish as an athlete and she became one of the best and most competitive in cross country, track and field athletics in Mzansi.
"My running career improved a lot when I was at Prestige college as I became a good 800m runner and always made the AGN team," she told Briefly.co.za exclusively.
In 2017, Magoro matriculated and applied to study at Monroe college. However, because of financials difficulties, Magoro could not study at the higher education institute.
She then got a break when she landed a partial sports bursary at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), where she's currently studying towards a BA degree in humanities.
However, the NASFAS reportedly failed to give Magoro money since February this year and it left the talented young athlete with mounting student debts.
Furthermore, Magoro has to pay rent off campus and she could not rely on her family's help. In 2019, her father passed way, leaving Magoro's mother a single parent who has been struggling to find employment.
So, she decided to look for opportunities elsewhere. With the help of Abigail Wiese, a PhD student in performing arts in Cape Town, Magoro took a leap of faith and applied to study abroad.
She has since been accepted on a full athletics scholarship at the New Mexico Junior College in the United States.
However, despite having her tuition covered, Magoro still has to pay about R93 000 for other costs - including her flights, visa and some money to cover miscellaneous expenses.
This led to Wiese creating a BackaBuddy page for Magoro and thus far South Africans managed to donate a whopping R60 000 towards her future.
With just over R30 000 left to raise, Magoro's dream is in arm's reach.
Meanwhile, in other news, Briefly.co.za previously reported on another local student who was awarded the opportunity to study abroad.
Blessing Nemadziva will be flying the South African flag high once he jets off to New Zealand to pursue a science communication qualification next year.
The young man, who currently holds both a BTech and Master’s degrees in Biotechnology, realised his passion for writing while completing his biotechnology qualifications at Durban's University of Technology.
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