Applications have opened for the 2017 Andrew and Geraldine Buxton Athletics Scholarship for student-athletes studying or applying to study at the University of Melbourne.
The scholarship provides a $10,000 per year bursary plus in-kind support in the form of physiotherapy services, assistance with the costs of travelling to competitions, professional strength and conditioning coaching and an aquatics and fitness membership from Melbourne University Sport.
The scholarship is the first elite athlete scholarship of its kind in Australia to be established in perpetuity by a donor and provides significant support for rising track and field talent to remain in Australia.
High Jumper and Bachelor of Science student Joel Baden was the 2016 inaugural Buxton scholarship recipient. Baden, only 20 years of age, has already represented Australia on the world stage, with an appearance at the 2016 Rio Olympics whilst pursuing academic studies at the University.
MU Sport Director Tim Lee said the scholarship helps combat the “speed bleed”, which sees more than 500 promising student-athletes leaving to study at American universities each year.
‘Importantly, the scholarship will help student-athletes get a world-class education at the same time as following their sporting dreams.’
Donor and former University athlete Andrew Buxton understands the pressures young athletes face combining study and training, which is why he founded the scholarship.
‘If elite athletes are to reach their potential, then they need financial support to see them through major training blocks, get access to the best coaching and fitness advice, and fund travel to major competitions,’ he explained.
Applications for the scholarship close at 5pm, Friday 20 January 2017. Details can be found via the Elite Athlete program information page.
2016 Buxton Scholarship recipient Joel Baden with Andrew and Geraldine Buxton