The benefits of sport participation for children goes far beyond general wellbeing and the need to be physically active. Children playing sport not only learn to cooperate with others, form friendships and build resilience, they can also develop a positive self-esteem as they achieve personal goals.
School Sport ACT (SSACT) provides services to over 50,000 students each year through its support of school, regional, state and national events.
From this 50,000, many hundreds trial for state team selection. Over 700 students are selected to represent the ACT across 17 sports each year. A figure that is unknown, is the hundreds of students that do not trial for selection, in their sport of passion, as their family simply cannot afford the expense of representative sport.
The School Sport ACT Scholarship Fund aims to provide assistance to families that may be unable to meet the financial requirements to accept the selection of their child to an ACT representative team.
The Scholarship Fund is open to applications from students travelling interstate to attend a School Sport Australia Championship. Students attending an ACT hosted Championship are not eligible.
Only a custodial parent or guardian who is financially responsible for the student may apply for a scholarship for a student who is attending a School Sport ACT (SSACT) member school within the ACT.
To be considered, each application must be endorsed and signed by the student’s Principal. This will include a confirmation of enrolment status, attendance and endorsement for each applicant.
To be eligible to apply the applicant must be able to demonstrate financial need by providing evidence, of a minimum of ONE, of the following:
- Appropriate Government Recipient of assistance, may include; Centrelink Card holder Healthcare Card holder, Pensioner Concession Card holder, NDIS provision, Department of Veteran Affairs Card holder.
- ACT Government Secondary Bursary Scheme recipient
- Catholic Education Foundation Bursary recipient
- Independent School Scholarship or Bursary recipient
Scholarship recipients will be selected by a panel made up of individuals who represent the
- ACT Schools Sports Council
- Education Directorate
- Catholic Education Office
- Association of Independent Schools ACT
- Corporate Supporter
Successful scholarship recipients will receive a payment of $500 which will be deducted directly from their total team fees amount prior to their respective Championship. If the student withdraws before departure the payment will remain within the Fund. First time applicants will be given preference over those who have already received funds in that calendar year.
While all applications will be reviewed and assessed, the panel may not be in a position to grant all Scholarship Fund applicant requests, as these may exceed the allocated funds available at that time. If an application is unsuccessful there is no process of appeal.
If you would like to apply for School Sport ACT Scholarship Fund, please download School Sport ACT Scholarship Fund Application Information and Form or see Miss Hammond in the PE staffroom.