Khongor Zayabal, from Mongolia, has been awarded a $5,000 scholarship from Victoria University of Wellington to put toward his first year of undergraduate study. The scholarships are awarded for high academic performance, excellent attendance, leadership, commitment, respect and self-discipline. Only one scholarship is awarded per term.
Khongor, 19, said the award helped him realise that anyone can achieve anything if they really work hard for it.
“It’s definitely one of my greatest accomplishments. It was a big surprise on my graduation day from ACG and brought me lots of positivity and self-esteem in myself,” he said.
Other highlights of his Victoria University of Wellington Foundation Studies Programme were making new friends from around the world and learning about the culture and history of New Zealand as he discovered Wellington.
He said the course helped prepare him for the rigours of academic life at Victoria University, where he will undertake a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and Economics. “Whenever I had difficulties or confusions the teachers and staff were always there to support me in every way possible.”
Eventually he hopes to undertake an MBA and become a certified financial analyst (CFA).
Tutor David Carr said he would be remembered around Pathways for his hard work and contagious smile.
“Khongor is one of the many polite, hard-working students that we have had on campus. However, he stands apart due his unwavering determination and optimism. And, all with a genuine contagious smile. Michael Phelps, arguably the greatest Olympian of all time once said, “I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time”. This is how I will remember Khongor.”
Khongor graduated in 2018 from the Victoria University of Wellington Foundation Studies Programme.