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On March 3rd 2023, on the suggestion of Presbyter Oliver Subotic, one of the founders of the "Petar Mandic" Endowment, the Managing Board of the Endowment decided to establish an award, named "Professor Borivoje Jelic". The award will be given out every year on 10th April, the birth date of Professor Jelic for the best students' entries on the topic of family values and parenting.

The "Professor Borivoje Jelic" award

Borivoje Jelic was a professor of Serbian language and literature at the Gymnasium in Nova Varos (now part of the High School in Nova Varos) in the second half of the 20th century and an author of a large number of stories about the Nova Varos region and events related to it.

Borivoje Jelic | professor of Serbian language and literature | Gymnasium "Pivo Karamatijevic", Nova Varos

He has marked the high school days of most of the Endowment's Managing Board members. His parting advice with which he saw off the generation '77 to university, at their last lesson with him was Spartan-like in its brevity and anthologically significant: "What matters most is that you become good people".

"Professor Borivoje Jelic" award | the best entries | family values | parenting | High School Nova Varos

Professor Jelic's message is wholly complementary to the values the Endowment cultivates in terms of the idea of a balanced education, meaning a simultaneous acquisition of virtues and knowledge. Professor Borivoje Jelic lived that message, because he was, first and foremost – a good man.

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"Petar Mandic" Endowment
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