Submissions are now being accepted for a coveted scholarship.
This is an amazing opportunity for two undergraduates, with a connection to cricket to receive the Bradman Scholarship.
One male and one female will receive a significant financial boost over a three year period of study at an Australian University.
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The Bradman Scholarship is a national, tertiary scholarship and for the first time this year one each is being awarded to a female and male.
The scholarship was first awarded in 1990 for undergraduate students with a connection to cricket and studying at an Australian university.
Providing a three-year funding plan of $5,000 per year for up to three years, totaling $15,000, it gives much needed financial support for costs associated with studying, whilst always remaining involved with cricket.
Over 28 years the scholarship has eased the financial burden for many young cricketers, juggling study and cricket club commitments.
Alex Blackwell, 2002 Bradman Scholar and former Australian women’s cricket vice-captain, announced the expansion of the two bursaries at the 2018 Bradman Gala Dinner.
“Through the generous philanthropy of Katie Page and in line with the welcome parity now evident between men’s and women’s cricket, not one but two scholarships will be offered annually from 2019,” Ms Blackwell said.
“In addition, to our male counterparts, student-cricketer’s will contest a dedicated female scholarship, thereby strengthening the reach and status of the overall bursary.”
Blackwell observed the influence the scholarship has had on her career, “My personal development is directly intertwined with the Bradman Foundation, from being the 2002 Scholar. Their commitment and investment in supporting students is central to their Charter of promoting and developing the game, especially for young people.”
Last year’s recipient Varun George (Sydney University) recognised that to keep playing whilst studying is a challenge and said “The scholarship has reinforced the importance of having a breadth of life and having many dimensions to it,” he said.
“It’s what the qualities of the Bradman Foundation are predicated on and I was honoured to be awarded the scholarship in 2018.”
Other notable recipients of the scholarship include inaugural 1990 scholar, Geoff Lovell, current Deputy Head of College St Paul’s College, Australian Test batsman Martin Love (1993), Greg Mail (2000) the highest-scorer in the history of Sydney Grade cricket competition, Tasmania’s WBBL wicket-keeper and 2018/19 ACA WNCL Captain’s MVP award recipient, Dr Georgia Redmayne (2013), and sports journalist, Melbourne University student Andrew Young (2017).
The scholarship panel is headed by Bradman Foundation Patron, former Prime Minister, The Hon. John Howard OM AC and Chairman, Maurice Newman AC.
The alumni of past scholars oversee the criteria and selection process.
This is a fabulous opportunity for young Australian citizens playing cricket and studying at university to secure financial assistance.
The emphasis on choosing a Bradman Scholar is placed on a blend of academic, sporting, personal and social skills, all of which best allow the recipient to fulfill the purpose of this prestigious scholarship.
Eligible participants must be players, qualified coaches or standing umpires who are actively involved in the game of cricket while attending an Australian University as an undergraduate on a full time basis.
Applications close 28 February 2019.