[email protected] Assist 1st Year Awards

Guaranteed [email protected] Assist 1st Year Awards
Other achievement awards

Guaranteed [email protected] Assist 1st Year Awards

Note: The criteria and the amounts indicated in the table below are for 2022

Qualifying average percentage


Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology


Faculty of Health

Faculty of Veterinary Science




Other Faculties







R6 500




R16 000

R6 500

R16 000


R25 000 R16 000 R25 000


R40 000

R25 000

R40 000


NOTE: The University of Pretoria reserves the right to amend award values without prior notice.


  • [email protected] Assist 1st Year awards are based on the average percentage obtained (not on the number of distinctions).
  • Undergraduate achievement awards are made automatically to newly registered undergraduate students who meet the award criteria. Students do not apply for these awards.
  • First-year students who register for studies at UP directly after Grade 12 (final school-year) or who took a gap year(s) after their final school-year, who meet the award criteria, will be considered.
  • Students who have previously registered at a tertiary educational institution prior to registration at UP will not be considered for [email protected] Assist 1st Year award. Students who registered at UP in previous years, are also not considered.
  • Qualifying students must be South African citizens or permanent residents in South Africa, or be citizens of a SADC country.
  • The average percentage for award purposes is the average of the actual percentages obtained for the six (6) best NSC/IEB/Cambridge subjects taken, excluding Life Orientation. This is for subjects taken in the final school-year end exams, based on the calculations done by the University of Pretoria.
  • The average percentage is not rounded off.


  • Certain subjects are EXCLUDED in the calculation of average percentages:
    • Life Orientation
    • Mathematics Paper 3
    • Additional Mathematics
    • Practical Music Grade 4 and 5 (Note: Practical Music Grades 6, 7 and 8 are considered for inclusion in the calculation of the average percentage – if your music report for this subject is not part of your NSC report, please submit your official music report to your faculty’s student administration offices, before 28 January for consideration.)
  • The awards are finalised on the basis of the final marks that the University receives from the Department of Basic Education for the final school-year. Results obtained for papers that have been re-marked are not taken into account for award purposes.
  • Awards are fully repayable if students discontinue or terminate their studies in the relevant study programme for whatever reason during the year in which the award is made.
  • Awards are finalised after the close (end) of the official registration period and in accordance with the enrolled study programme at the date when the awards are processed. Any changes after this period will not be taken into consideration. If the recipient changed the study programme prior to closure of the registration period and within the year in which the award is made, the award value is determined in accordance with the enrolled study programme as at the date of the processing of the award.


 Other achievement awards

Amounts indicated in the table below are for 2022






JuniorTukkie Grade 11 Empowerment Week

R15 000

The 40 learners with the best Grade 12 results who attended the JuniorTukkie Grade 11 Empowerment Week

All faculties except Faculty of Theology

  • NONE
  • Qualifying students will be notified after registration.

Grade 12 dux scholar*

(*top academic Grade 12 achiever of a specific school – one learner per school)

 R10 000 (to cover registration fee)

The final decision regarding the selection of schools for this award rests with UP.

All faculties


  • NONE
  • Qualifying students will be notified by letter.

VC Special PDG Award

(Top prospective Black and Coloured students with an APS score of 35 of higher)


R11 000

The final decision regarding the selection of schools for this award rests with UP.

All faculties

  • NONE
  • Qualifying students will be notified by letter.

Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Merit Award (VCDMA)**

The award covers tuition fees for three years. The first year amount is R70 000

This award will be awarded to the new first-year student with the overall highest average percentage, based on the student’s final school-year examination results and the University of Pretoria’s calculation.

All faculties

  • NONE
  • The qualifying student will be notified by letter.

** Terms, conditions and exclusions do apply.


Only students with South African citizenship or permanent residency in South Africa are considered for the above awards.

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