The Mergon Ontwikkelings Inisiatief (MOI), established early 2020 by Mergon founder Francois van Niekerk, is a comprehensive bursary fund for high school scholars in the Western Cape. MOI gives full support to selected scholars with exceptional academic and leadership potential, strong Christian values, good character and the will to successfully complete their high school career.
The Mergon Foundation administers MOI along with several other ancillary Mergon community initiatives. MOI is furthermore centered around Christian values as well as Mergon’s core values of humility, courage, partnership, mastery and stewardship.
The bursary fund, which has a strong emphasis on mother tongue education throughout high school, started with 21 scholars in 2020 and was expanded with 25 more scholars in January 2021.
The thorough selection process focusses on grade 7 primary school candidates with a strong character foundation but lacking sufficient financial support to complete their high school careers. Candidates must pass rigorous psychometric testing to establish intellectual ability, social and communication skills and leadership potential.
Focus on holistic well-being
Working closely with Mergon management, MOI’s objective is to provide comprehensive support to its scholars. It is a self-sustaining, grade appropriate programme that doesn’t only focus on academic performance but also includes emotional, physical, social and spiritual well-being.
MOI believes that well-being is an active process during which scholars become aware of what a healthy, balanced and fulfilled life means, and whereby they learn how to make good life choices.
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