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The New Minerva Scholarship Program Now open

The Minerva Network is excited to be launching its first tertiary scholarship program with its founding scholarship partner, the Sydney Roosters and Easts Group.

The Minerva Network Scholarships will be open to Australia’s elite and professional level female athletes who are current Minerva Stars and who would benefit from financial support to complete or commence an Australian certified education or vocational qualification.

Scholarships will be awarded to an outstanding Minerva Star who is a role model on and off the field, has a long term career goal linked to proposed area of study and a credible plan to maintain her level of sporting performance despite the study commitment.

The successful recipient will also agree to work with a Minerva mentor over the course of the whole qualification. If the recipient does not yet have a Minerva mentor, Minerva will work with the recipient to select a suitable mentor.

The Minerva Network is delighted to announce that the Sydney Roosters and Easts Group have committed $10,000 per annum for 5 years commencing in February 2021 to coincide with the commencement of the University and TAFE calendar year. 

“We are impressed that Minerva supports elite and professional sportswomen to maximise their opportunities both on and off the field and our values are deeply aligned to this purpose,” said Joe Kelly, CEO, Sydney Roosters | Easts Group.

As the recipient of the inaugural Sydney Roosters and Easts Group Minerva Scholarship you will need to pass all subjects to remain eligible to receive continued funding, be prepared to be profiled and attend a number of events as a Scholarship Ambassador and at all times behave in accordance with both organisations’ expectations and brands.   

To be successful in your application you’ll need to submit the following in writing: 

1.  Biographical information including:

  • Highest level of education attained to date;
  • Senior sporting career; 
  • Paid and unpaid roles and responsibilities in various organisations; and
  • Extracurricular activities.

2.  Proposed course and current sources of income:

  • Institution, timeframe, cost and course prerequisites;
  • Any other scholarships that you currently have; and
  • Sources of income, requirements and contract tenure if applicable.

3.  A submission of no more than 1500 words detailing the following:

  • Your greatest challenges and achievements to date; 
  • Career aspirations and goals post your sporting career;
  • How the proposed course/qualification would help you achieve your career goals;
  • How you intend to manage and balance completing the course in the timeframe with your sporting and other personal commitments; and
  • What winning the inaugural Sydney Roosters & Easts Group scholarship would mean to you.

4. 1 to 2 personal referees who can be contacted as part of the application process.

The Minerva Scholarship Committee, which consists of Minerva Mentors: Annette Wargon, Gabrielle Curtin, Kate Aitken and Nicole Wakefield-Evans, commits to reviewing all applications and personally contacting each applicant to provide feedback regardless of the outcome. 

To apply, download the application below and email the completed form to:

Applications for this prestigious scholarship will close on 22 October 2020 with interviews scheduled in November with the announcement of the 2021 Scholarship recipient to be announced no later than 11 December 2020. This timeframe will ensure that the successful applicant has time to apply for their course in time for the 2021 university/TAFE year.