Bond University launches ‘AFL Excellence’ Scholarships

Bond University has today announced that it would be offering AFL excellence scholarships to aspiring male and female players, in partnership with the Riewoldt family.

The university says the unique, full-tuition scholarships will provide an opportunity for one male and one female to gain a first-class educational experience, while at the same time actively pursuing their sporting aspirations.

Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Tim Brailsford said he was very proud that the University’s   first-ever AFL excellence scholarships would be offered to both males and females.


“These scholarships will provide an unparalleled opportunity for two up and coming AFL players to gain an internationally-recognised degree, while at the same time enhance their footballing career through high-quality playing opportunities and access to professional AFL clubs,” he said.

“We’d like to thank the Riewoldt family, particularly Joe and Nick for their support and enthusiasm in delivering this outstanding scholarship opportunity.”

Gold Coast SUNS CEO, Mark Evans commended Bond on the new initiative.

“I look forward to welcoming the scholarship winners and offering them opportunities with the SUNS,” Mr Evans said.

Brisbane Lions CEO, Greg Swann also congratulated Bond on the vision behind the scholarship.

“Bond has been an inaugural partner with our AFL women’s team and the Lions enjoy an excellent relationship with the university. I look forward to continued engagement and meeting the scholarship holders,” Mr Swann said.

St Kilda Football Club’s longest-serving captain Nick Riewoldt spent his formative years on the Gold Coast and says he looks forward to spending some time with the successful candidates.

“The Gold Coast is where I played my junior footy, so I can vouch for the opportunities, lifestyle and AFL culture that exist on the coast,” Mr Riewoldt said.

“I will take a keen personal interest in the scholarship and I intend to be available to assist with the awardees.”

The scholarships offer 100% free tuition for any single undergraduate or postgraduate degree, excluding the Bond Medical program, and include free accommodation for the first year at the Gold Coast-based University.

Applications are now open online and close Friday, 1 September 2017.

For more information, including eligibility and how to apply, visit