The lives and ambitions of seven incoming Griffith University students will be changed forever with the announcement of the prestigious Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Scholarships.
Griffith University together with the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) will offer scholarships worth approximately $70,000 each to students from Commonwealth countries, including Australia over the next three years.
Griffith University Vice Chancellor and President Professor Ian O’Connor said the University was proud to offer these unprecedented scholarship opportunities to students.
“Griffith University will play an integral part in the build-up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games and today’s launch of the legacy scholarships is a demonstration of this commitment and involvement,” he said.
“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.”
David Grevemberg CBE, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation said the scholarships would offer an unprecedented opportunity to not only study at a leading University but to be part of the delivery of the biggest event Australia will stage in more than a decade.
“This is an exciting opportunity for Griffith University to leverage from its partnership with GC2018 and in doing so to engage with communities across the Commonwealth sharing the Games message. It is also a chance to enjoy a once-in-a-generation education experience like no other.”
The scholarships are open to students from the 71 Commonwealth nations and territories who wish to undertake study or research at Griffith in a sport or event-related area as an undergraduate, post-graduate or higher degree by research student.
There are two categories, which students can apply for:
- Griffith University and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Scholarship; and
- Griffith University and Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Sporting Excellence Scholarship
Each scholarship will include full tuition fee waiver, accommodation and a contribution towards education expenses. The value of each scholarship will vary depending on the degree of study but on average could be worth about $70,000 each.
The partnership between Griffith University and GOLDOC was announced on October 6 this year.
The partnership with Griffith will also see students offered internships, graduates offered employment and the Queen’s Baton Relay will pass through Gold Coast and Nathan campuses.