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Sporting Scholarship Supporters

Like their gifts and scholarship beneficiaries, our Sporting Scholarships benefactors are treasured, remarkable and inspirational. To join our community of Sporting Scholarship supporters, please contact us here. For more information, please download our Sporting Scholarships: Philanthropy brochure here.

Perpetual Named Scholarships

Adam Spencer Scholarship (2011)

Soccer

Adam Spencer has a long and distinguished association with the University and with Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness. An alumnus of the University and past Member of Senate, Adam has for many years acted as the MC/panel moderator at many SUSF and ‘Blue & Gold’ events. Adam has also successfully coached women’s soccer football teams within Sydney Uni Soccer Football Club.

Current and previous recipients.

Aleksandra Pozder Scholarship (2010)

Athletics

Aleksandra migrated to Australia with her family in 1998 from Croatia. She is a graduate of the University of Sydney, with a BEc and M.Comm. During her undergraduate years, Aleksandra competed for Sydney University Athletics Club as a distance runner. Aleksandra Pozder scholarship was established in 2010 and is awarded annually to an emerging athlete(male or female). 

Current and previous recipients.

Allan Kendall Scholarship (2011)

Tennis, Squash or Table Tennis

The late Allan Kendall was an outstanding lawn tennis, squash and table tennis player in the late 1940s and throughout the 1950s. A Blue in all three sports, Allan toured the world playing tennis at the elite level, being in the Wimbledon draw on numerous occasions.

Current and previous recipients.

Blue & Gold Club Scholarship (2) (2002) 

Various

The Blue & Gold Club is made up of organisations and individuals who share a great passion for sport. Through the running of popular Blue & Gold Club sporting functions, the Club raises funds for the promotion of sport at Sydney University.  

Current and previous recipients.

Blues Association Scholarship (2003)

Various

The Sydney University Blues Association is made up of sportsmen and women who have been awarded University Blues or Golds for their sporting contributions. The Sydney University Blues Association has established (3) Sporting Scholarships which are awarded annually to outstanding student athletes.

Current and previous recipients.

Bruce Ross Scholarship (2) (2018)

Various

Bruce Ross came to Sydney University in 1973 and lectured in Economics for the next 28 years. Bruce was first elected to the Sydney University Sports Union (the forerunner of SUSF) management committee as a Senate representative in 1990. The following year he became the 39th President of the Sydney University Sports Union since its foundation in 1890. This was an honorary position, which Bruce fulfilled with great distinction for 26 consecutive years.

Current and previous recipients.

Buildcorp Scholarship (2011)

Rugby

Buildcorp is a tremendous supporter of university sport, especially at Sydney University. They have been major sponsors of Sydney University Football Club for more than 20 years, Sydney University Cricket Club since 2010 and more recently, Sydney University Women’s Rugby Club and The Universities Women’s Cricket team. 

Current and previous recipients.

BUPA Scholarship (3) (2007)

Olympic Sports

As a leading private health insurer, BUPA has a primary aim to help all Australians live longer, healthier and happier lives. In keeping with their core values, BUPA is a sponsor of Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness and supports the Elite Athlete Program by providing three perpetual named scholarships which were first awarded in 2007.

Current and previous recipients.

Collins/Peasley Scholarship (2009)

Athletics

Cheryl and David Collins were both awarded Blues in Athletics when students at the University. Cheryl went on to represent Australia at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, where she was a semi-finalist in the 800m and finalist in the 4x400m relay.

Current and previous recipients. 

CommBank Scholarship (2018)

Various

CommBank has a strong commitment to promote social, economic and financial inclusion for Australia's First Peoples and is determined to provide outstanding educational support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This scholarship will allow a student to pursue their academic, athletic and career goals.

Current and previous recipients.

Corlett Family Scholarship (2017)

Various (Women’s)

Awarded for the first time in 2017, the Corlett Family Sporting Scholarship was generously donated by Annie Corlett AM & R. Bruce Corlett AM. Both graduates of The University of Sydney, they each have impressive careers in professional business and the not-for-profit sector and are long-time supporters of Sport at the University. The Corlett Family Scholarship will be awarded annually to a student female athlete who is a member of the Elite Athlete Program.

Current and previous recipients.

Dave Chadwick Scholarship (2017)

Rugby League

Awarded for the first time in 2017, this scholarship is awarded in memory of the late Dave Chadwick who passed away in 2016. Dave was a very talented player with the Sydney University Rugby League Football Club. He was awarded a Blue in Rugby League in 1964. Dave was a driving force behind the Rugby League Club since 1962. He was involved with the Club for over 50 years as a player, coach, administrator and as a highly respected clubman.

Current and previous recipients.

David Hynes Scholarship (2020)

Baseball

David Hynes is a graduate in both Economics and Law at the University of Sydney. He was the very first recipient of a Sydney Uni Sporting Scholarship when that program was initiated in 1990. He was Sydney Uni's Sportsman of the Year in 1992 and received his Blue for Baseball in 1993. David then became Sydney Uni’s first ever Baseball Olympian at the 1996 Atlanta Games. His administrative career culminated in his appointment as the President of Baseball Australia.

Elsie Harris Scholarship (2019)

Various (Women’s)

Dr Tyrrell named her latest perpetual sporting scholarship after her good friend, Elsie Harris, who was a fine all-round Sydney Uni sportswoman, who particularly excelled at both golf and croquet.

Current and previous recipients.

Enrizen Scholarship (2019)

Various

Enrizen provides support for businesses of all shapes and sizes in the form of highly professional advice on financial planning and investment; on insurance; on legal rights, obligations and entitlements; on taxation and accounting. Enrizen’s Managing Director is Trent Franklin – a dual Water Polo Olympian and a former Elite Athlete Program scholar when studying at The University of Sydney and playing a record number of games in the National League for the Sydney Uni Lions Water Polo team.

Current and previous recipients.

Harvey Gordon Scholarship (2019)

Australian Rules Football (Men’s)

For 27 years, the late Harvey “Banger” Gordon was the Sydney University Australian National Football Club’s N°1 supporter, trainer, strapper, water boy, fruit cutter, provider of chewing gum and jelly snakes, finder of lost property, guardian of valuables, mixer of cordial, photographer, drinking buddy, story teller, cook, companion and friend. His reward was the mateship, love, respect and camaraderie of the hundreds of young men and women he met over almost three decades of outstanding service to the SUANFC. The Harvey Gordon scholars will be talented student-players, who also make significant contributions to the enrichment of the Club as a community.

Current and previous recipients.

Jack Pross (OAM) Scholarship (2012)

Athletics

Jack Pross (1919-2006) was for many years the very successful coach of the Sydney University Athletics Club. He was appointed coach to two Australian Commonwealth Games teams (1966 and 1970), two World Indoor Championships (1985 and 1987) and two World Cross Country Championships. Jack became an athletics coach on the recommendation of the famed Percy Cerutty. The Scholarship was established in honour of Jack’s memory as a result of the generosity of Gordon and Christine Windeyer who both represented Sydney University and were both coached by Jack. Gordon won gold in the high jump at the 1974 Commonwealth Games. Christine was also an accomplished high jumper, winning NSW State and an Australian Junior titles.

Current and previous recipients.

Jane Spring Scholarship (2018)

Rowing

Jane Spring had a remarkable career as a Sydney University rower and rowing administrator. Jane was both a NSW representative rower and an Australian champion. She was awarded a Sydney University Blue for Rowing in 1989. Jane was also the President and driving force behind the Sydney University Women’s Rowing Club from 1988 to 2010. Indeed, University oarswomen, from novices to Olympic medallists and world champions, benefited from Jane’s generosity, guidance and support over many years. Jane is a Life Member of the Sydney University Boat Club and was a member of The University of Sydney Senate from 2009 to 2013.

Current and previous recipients.

Kaye Dening (AM) Scholarship (2007)

Tennis

As a junior, the late Kaye Dening AM was a prodigiously talented young tennis player, who won the Junior Titles at the Australian, French, US and Italian Open Championships and reached the final of Junior Wimbledon. She was ranked No. 1 Junior in the world. Kaye was an Economics graduate, who received her Blue for Lawn Tennis in 1964.

Current and previous recipients.

Michael Luciano Scholarship (2019)

Soccer

Michael Luciano is currently a partner at AKO Capital LLP in London, one of Europe’s leading investment partnerships, managing approximately USD 15bn across long-only and long-short equity funds. Before joining AKO, Michael spent eleven years at Fidelity Investments in London and Sydney where he was an international  portfolio manager and investment analyst. Michael was a member of Sydney University’s 1st grade soccer football team in 2000 and was the inaugural recipient of the Blue & Gold sports scholarship. Michael also played for the esteemed U16, U17 and U18 academy teams at former national league clubs Sydney Olympic and Sydney United where he played with Socceroo’s Tim Cahill, Nick Carle, Nick Rizzo, Joel Griffiths and Croatian international Anthony Seric.

Current and previous recipients.

Mick O' Sullivan Scholarship (2017)

Cricket

Awarded for the first time in 2017, this scholarship is awarded in memory of the late Mick O’Sullivan, whose career with Sydney Uni spanned four decades. His tally of 622 1st Grade wickets is a Club record. At the time of his passing in 2013 Mick had been Chairman of the SUCC Board for 9 years.

Current and previous recipients.

Mollie Dive Scholarship (2) (2010)

Hockey & Cricket (Women's) 

Dr Margaret Tyrrell received a Sydney University Hockey Blue in 1953. Dr Tyrrell has very generously donated the Mollie Dive Sporting Scholarship for Women’s Cricket and Hockey. Through Dr Tyrrell’s generosity, we honour the legacy of Mollie Dive, who was one of Sydney University’s champion Women’s Cricket and Hockey players of the 1930s. Mollie Dive not only received a Blue for each of her sports, but she represented Australia with great distinction at both Women’s Cricket and Hockey.

Current and previous recipients.

Phillip Rundle Scholarship (2003)

Athletics

Dr Philip Rundle was a 100 yard specialist sprinter and he also scored many tries as a winger with the Sydney Uni Football Club. Philip Rundle was awarded an Athletics Blue in 1941. Thanks to the generosity of the late Dr Rundle's family this scholarship was established in 2003.

Current and previous recipients.

Ralph’s Café/Panebianco Scholarship (2009)

Basketball (Women's) 

Ralph’s Café has been operating on campus since 1984. Owners Rose and the late Ralph Panebianco and their children Daniel, Rebecca and James; have been long-time supporters of sport at Sydney University, particularly the Sydney Uni Flames Women's National Basketball League (WNBL) team.

Current and previous recipients.

Ray Hyslop (OAM) Scholarship (2003)

Soccer

Dr Ray Hyslop received a Sydney University Blue for Soccer in 1955. Dr Hyslop received an Order of Australia Medal for services to obstetrics and gynaecology in 2003, which was also the year when his Scholarship was established.

Current and previous recipients.

RC Mesley Scholarship (2017)

Cricket (Men's)

Awarded for the first time in 2018, this scholarship is in memory of the late Dick Mesley who passed away in 2013. Dick was a very stylish 1st Grade batsman and a superb fielder during his eight seasons at the SUCC in the late1960s and 1970s. He had a very strong philanthropic bent and was a foundation member of The Primary Club of Australia – a cricketing-based charity which provides sporting and recreational facilities for the disabled. For more than 25 years, Dick was a very enthusiastic member of The Primary Club committee. He attended just about every Primary Club function and helped organise most of them.

Current and previous recipients.

Robert Smithies Scholarship (2020)

Various

Awarded for the first time in 2020. Prior to joining SUSF in 2004 as Operations Manager, Rob had an outstanding background in Soccer Football. Following on from a 4 year Soccer Scholarship at Marquette University in Wisconsin USA, Rob returned to Australia to study Law at Sydney University. As a member of the Sydney Uni Soccer Football Club, Rob was awarded the first SUSF Sporting Scholarship for Soccer, and a University Blue in Soccer. Rob was promoted to Executive Director of SUSF in January 2008, a position he held until his resignation in December 2019. Besides leading the University to outstanding success across all sports, Rob was instrumental in delivering over $40m in new infrastructure to the University, including the extension to the Sydney Uni Sports and Aquatic Centre, the Sydney Uni Football Ground and Grandstand, the Thyne Reid Boathouse and the Bruce Pryor Hockey Field. 

Rodney Tubbs Scholarship (2020)

Aussie Rules Football (Men's)

Awarded for the first time in 2020. A long time member of the Club, Rod was a Club Best & Fairest winner and consistently polled votes in the NSWAFL’s Best & Fairest medal. He performed Club/NSWAFL committee roles throughout his playing days and was awarded a University Blue for Australian Football. In 1969, he captained/coached the Club’s senior side to an inaugural premiership victory. from 1997 to 2017 he managed Corporate & Alumni Relations for SUSF, staging annual ‘Blue & Gold’ Luncheons for various sports which included Aussie Rules and which reunited past players and raised substantial funds for the SUANFC.

Ron & Jennie Finlay Scholarship (2020)

Baseball

Ron Finlay’s playing career at the Sydney University Baseball Club involved seventeen 1st Grade seasons as an outstanding catcher. He represented NSW; was selected in the All Australian Intervarsity team and was awarded a Blue for Baseball in 1972. Jennie was a tireless SUBC scorer and … with Ron … was the force behind the Club’s social program in an exciting era when Sydney Uni were 1st Grade premiers. Ron went on to coach SUBC sides and was the Club President for sixteen years (receiving a Gold Award in 1985). He subsequently became the President of both Baseball Australia and the Baseball Confederation of Oceania, representing Australia at meetings of the International Baseball Federation. In June 2015 Ron received an AM for services, amongst other things, to the sport of baseball.

Ron Rushbrooke Scholarship (2010)

Baseball

Ron Rushbrooke was a former player, president, coach and patron of the Sydney University Baseball Club. In honour of his contribution to this sport, the Ron Rushbrooke Fund to support this scholarship was established following his passing in 2004.

Current and previous recipients.

Ross Brown (AM) Scholarship (2011)

Various

Ross Brown is a graduate of the Faculty of Pharmacy. He was a Foundation Governor of the Pharmacy Foundation and a former President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia. Ross has long been a tireless ambassador for the University and his Faculty. He was made an Honorary Fellow of the University in 2009.

Current and previous recipients.

Warrick Segal Scholarship (2002)

Soccer

As a freshman, Warrick Segal joined the Sydney University Soccer Football Club in 1998. During his first competitive game for the Club, he collapsed on the field and later tragically passed away in hospital. Warrick’s parents, John and Joan, established the Warrick Segal Memorial Scholarship in 2002 in his memory.

Current and previous recipients.

Joint Scholarships

The University of Sydney Business School

The University of Sydney Business School (USBS) is a world-class business school at the forefront of global business and management education. They offer students access to industry partners and the broader business community with an emphasis on the clear vision of business today. Their people are industry leaders, dedicated to the highest quality teaching and to ground-breaking research, with a passion for creating tomorrow's world business leaders.

For several years, joint scholarships (co-funded by SUSF and USBS) have been offered to high-achieving candidates who: apply for admission to commence a USBS degree, or who are currently enrolled in a USBS degree; and are eligible for membership of the Elite Athlete Program. 

Residential Colleges

For several years, residential colleges within The University of Sydney have provided wonderful places for Sydney Uni student athletes to call home and assisted them to achieve excellence in their academic and sporting endeavours.

Through providing environments that facilitate learning and growth, residential colleges can support student athletes to develop important qualities that translate into their academic and sporting responsibilities. Joint scholarships (co-funded by SUSF and residential colleges) are offered to candidates who are: intending to, or currently reside at a residential college; and are eligible for membership of the Elite Athlete Program.

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