Students from across the Commonwealth will have an opportunity to study on the Gold Coast if their application for a Griffith University Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ Scholarship is successful.
Each scholarship will include full tuition, full board and lodging and a contribution towards education expenses, worth approximately $70,000AUD.
A benefit of the partnership between Griffith University and the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC), scholarships will be offered to seven students undertaking study or research in a sport or event related area.
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Griffith University Vice Chancellor, Professor Ian O’Connor, said Griffith will play an integral part in the build-up to the Commonwealth Games in 2018 and today’s launch of the legacy scholarships is a demonstration of this commitment and involvement.
“As a leading university for the Gold Coast we are dedicated to fostering opportunities and extending possibilities for students close to home and across the Commonwealth. I look forward to meeting the successful students who will have so much to gain from this truly unprecedented opportunity.
“The Commonwealth Games represents a transformative moment in time for the Gold Coast and, in a similar vein, I know these prestigious scholarships have the potential to transform the lives and ambitions of the recipients.”
Students will need to meet standards in academic excellence and criteria for sport participation and achievement, leadership and community engagement and equity. Students will be able to apply for two categories of scholarship. The first category encourages broader sporting or event related study and the second category will be exclusive to elite athletes in recognition of their sporting excellence and in a study area of their choice.
Commonwealth Games Federation Chief Executive Officer, David Grevemberg CBE said he was delighted with the partnership between GOLDOC and Griffith University and was very proud of the opportunities and benefits being created across the Commonwealth.
“These scholarships represent a very tangible opportunity to realise long lasting legacies around Commonwealth citizenship and key transformational principles underpinning the Commonwealth Games. Students and the university community will take from this partnership very unique experiences and gain valuable capabilities in diverse areas of sport and major event management.”
GOLDOC CEO, Mark Peters said the scholarship program was a great initiative that had the potential to change lives through the experience and would enable GOLDOC in partnership with Griffith University to further ‘share the dream’ across the Commonwealth.
“This is the first time in the history of the Commonwealth Games that such a program has been implemented and we are very proud to be at the helm of such a rewarding opportunity that will drive very real benefits for the students as they study and then embark on careers in the sporting and events field.”