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Sports scholarship

Each year, Convocation makes available a Scholarship to assist one male and one female student to combine their studies with a sporting career.

Graduates of the University of Western Australia have contributed to provide for the Scholarship, whose purpose is to provide financial assistance to students who have demonstrated both sporting excellence (or potential sporting excellence), and a sustained level of proficient academic performance, to enable them to further their sporting careers or achievements.

The Scholarship may be used to acquire equipment, to defray travel expenses incurred in attending a sporting event, or to meet other appropriate costs associated with the recipient's sporting career.

  1. Award
  2. Applications
  3. Eligibility Requirements
  4. Selection Criteria
  5. More Information
  6. 2018 Convocation Sports Scholarships
  7. Roll of Honour


The value of the Scholarship is determined each year by the Council of Convocation and the UWA Sport and Recreation Association. In 2013, the prize winners were awarded $3,000 each.

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Applications for the 2018 Sports Scholarships are closed, and will reopen in 2019.

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Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to apply for a scholarship, an applicant must be:

  1. enrolled as a part-time or full-time student at the University of Western Australia in an undergraduate degree course;
  2. and able to provide evidence of sporting excellence.

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Selection Criteria

The scholarship is awarded to the applicant who, in the opinion of the selection committee, best demonstrate

  1. academic achievement;

  2. sporting achievements; and

  3. benefits which are anticipated from being in receipt of the scholarship.

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More Information

For more information regarding the Scholarship, please contact Nicole Serafini

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2018 Convocation Sports Scholarships

At the 2018 Awards Ceremony, the two recipients of the Convocation Sports Scholarship were acknowledged and certificates were presented.

2018 Convocation 
Sports Scholarship winner Hayley Clark

2018 Convocation Sports Scholarship winner, Hayley Clark

Hayley is a current member of the National Sailing Team and her goal is to compete at the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. Hayley is a current WAIS scholarship holder and currently competing in Europe.

"I am currently representing Australia, sailing the Nacra 17 Olympic Class whilst completing a Bachelor of Arts at UWA. The Convocation Scholarship has assisted me in travelling to Germany, Poland and Denmark to compete in three major competitions including the first Olympic Qualifier for Tokyo 2020. I am so grateful for UWA's Elite Athlete Programs support which has provided me with the opportunity to be successful in both my sporting and academic careers."

2018 Convocation 
Sports Scholarship winner, Josh Kippin

2018 Convocation Sports Scholarship winner, Josh Kippin

Josh is currently ranked inside the top 10 Marathon Kayakers in the world, his goal is to win a medal at World Championships in 2018 and work his way on to the podium for the first time after a number of top ten finishes.

"I compete in Marathon Kayaking, a tough and tactical endurance sport. In 2017, I won Open National Marathon titles in K1 (singles) and K2 (doubles), earning selection to race at the Marathon World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. At those World Championships I paddled my way to 9th in singles and 14th in doubles, a significant improvement from my previous world placing of 20th from the previous year. In 2018 I have again earned selection into the National Marathon Kayak Team to compete at the World Championships in Vila de Prado, Portugal, with a drive to better my top 10 finish from 2017.

The scholarship will allow me to cover some of the costs of travel and equipment in a sport with large travel requirements and minimal funding. This support enables me to continue to strive for excellence in both my MBA studies and elite sport. I am very grateful to have been selected to receive this award."

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Roll of Honour

2018 Winners

Hayley Clark

Joshua Kippin

2017 Winners

Ben Craig

Ben Craig

Ben Craig is a member of the Kookaburras- the national hockey team of Australia. After playing well across three series' in New Zealand, Melbourne and Bendigo Ben was awarded a place in the National Senior Squad for 2017. To date this year he has played Pakistan in Darwin, the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in Malaysia and is preparing for the World League Finals in December in India. This is all done with the distant goal of Tokyo 2020 in mind, with other milestones along the way such as the Commonwealth Games and World Cup in 2018. The scholarship will allow Ben to cover some of the costs of being on tour for such a large portion of the year.

Danielle Ten Vaanholt

Danielle Ten Vaanholt

Danielle Ten Vaanholt first joined Australian Senior National Synchronised Swimming Team in 2014 and has competed at many international competitions as a part of that team. Including the Commonwealth Open, the Canadian Open, the Spanish Open, FINA World Cup in Quebec City and World Championships in Kazan, Russia. During her time on the National team she had put her study on a temporary hiatus, Danielle has now returned to schooling, studying Biochemistry and Mechanical Engineering while balancing synchro alongside. This scholarship will allow Danielle to further juggle her two passions of education and sport.

2016 Winners

Grant Szalek

Jodie Palmer

2014 Winners

Isabella King

Timothy Widdicombe

2013 Winners

Samantha Richards

Timothy Widdicombe

2012 Winners

Isabella King

Christopher Bausor

2011 Winners

Isabella King

Timothy Widdicombe

2010 Winners

Janine Murray

2009 Winners

Zoe Timmers

Reece Baker

2008 Winners

Megan Bagworth

Ben McCleery

2007 Winners

Jessica Jordan

Ben McCleery

2006 Winners

Jessica Jordan

Jamie Beadsworth

2005 Winners

Claire McLean

Adam Lucas

2004 Winners

Kylie Wheeler

Adam Lucas

2003 Winners

Amity Campbell

David Dennis

2002 Winners

Amy Ash