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Rosalí­a de Castro prize

Cuando recuerdo del ancho bosque
El mar dorado
de hojas marchitas, que en el otoño
agita el viento con soplo blando,
tan honda angustia nubla mi alma,
turba mi pecho,
que me pregunto: ¿Por qué tan terca,
tan fiel memoria me ha dado del Cielo?
Orillas del Sar

What are the prizes?
The prizes constitute awards granted to students on the basis of their final examination results for each completed course or level, up to Honours level in Spanish.

The student who obtains the highest mark above 75% is awarded the Rosalía de Castro Prize for Excellence in Spanish for Levels 1, 2, 3 and Honours. The prizes each have a cash value determined by the Sponsor.

In addition to these prizes, since 1998 a special award is granted to the third-level or Honours student who obtains an average of 80% or higher in his/her final examinations. The prize winner receives one return air ticket to Spain and registration fees at any one of the traditional Spanish universities (e.g. Santiago, Salamanca, Alcalá de Henares, Menéndez Pelayo at Santander, etc) for a one-month course in Spanish literature or language or, a cash equivalent in spending money for a holiday in Spain.

Who is eligible?
The awards are granted only to Unisa students registered for Spanish.

Only those students who have completed the modules or papers for a particular undergraduate level in one year are eligible for consideration for a prize. In other words, at level 1 both the modules SPS101B and SPS102C must be completed within one year or two consecutive semesters. The same applies to level 2: both SPS201E and SPS202F must be completed in one year.

Level 3 Spanish comprises five modules and these will have to be taken within one year: SPS301H, SPS302J, SPS303K, SPS304L and SPS305M.

Honours level students of Spanish have a maximum of two years to complete the examination papers to be eligible for the prize.

The members of the Spanish section are responsible for identifying and naming the prize winners.

The sponsor
The Spanish Section at Unisa is most grateful for the wonderful generosity of Mr Ángel Tordesillas, Chairman and Group Executive Officer of the Novagroup Pty of Cape Town, a member of the Pescanova Group of Namibia, through whose good offices the Rosalía de Castro Prizes for Excellence in Spanish have been offered to the best students in Spanish 1, 2, 3 and Honours since 1996. The prizes are so named in recognition of Galicia,  the birthplace of the majority of the Spanish seamen who are an essential part of the Novagroup,  and in honour of this region's most renowned poet, Rosalía de Castro.

Mr Tordesillas presents the prizes in person each year either at Unisa in Pretoria or at the offices of the Novagroup in Cape Town, usually during the months of March or April.

The Section would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Tordesillas most sincerely for making these awards possible. We also appreciate and value his continued interest and contributions to the Spanish curriculum at Unisa.

As a special favour to us, Mr Tordesillas has agreed to tell you about his reasons for establishing the Rosalía de Castro Prizes for Excellence in Spanish:

English Spanish Translation
It is a privilege for our Group to be associated for many years with the Modern European Languages Department at Unisa. For us at Pescanova, participation in the Prizes programme is only a natural development; the material contribution is relatively modest, compared to the efforts of both tutors and students to achieve excellence in promoting the history, culture and traditions of Spain, especially in pursuing scholarly expansion of the language of Cervantes.

Pescanova is a Gallician fish and food conglomerate; thus our endeavour to honour and propagate its most distinguished daughter: the acclaimed bilingual poet - Rosalía de Castro -, who wrote in both Spanish and in the Galician languages.

Nuestra organización está vinculada al Departamento de Lenguas Modernas Europeas de Unisa desde hace muchos años. Los orígenes celtibéricos - y concretamente galaicos - de Pescanova, hacen que nuestro partenariado con Unisa sea participativo en los premios al buen aprovechamiento en pro de divulgar la historia, cultura y tradiciones hispánicas allende las fronteras. La contribución material es modesta; especialmente si se compara con el esfuerzo del profesorado y alumnos en sus objetivos de lograr las máximas cotas para la divulgación y esplendor de la lengua cervantina.

Viene a ser propio para Pescanova rendir culto a su señera poeta: Rosalía de Castro que, aunque gallega hasta la médula, pudo expresar su creación literaria en castellano y gallego con idéntico nivel preciosista.