Scholarships for sports students
Applications are now open for the 2014 Bay of Plenty Polytechnic High Performance Academy Sports Scholarship Awards.
The scholarships are open to any student studying a full-time programme at the Polytechnic and who are playing a SPARC recognised sport at a national or international level.
Aiming to provide support for students to achieve a high academic standard in a programme of their choice, whilst seeking excellence in their sporting code, the scholarships keep local athletes in the region, allowing them to compete at a high level while gaining a tertiary education.
‘‘ The High Performance Academy Sports Scholarships are a wonderful opportunity for athletes to further their academic and sporting goals hand in hand,’’said Peter Sommers, Group Leader Sport & Recreation.
‘‘In the past students have participated in a variety of sports at International level such as hockey, volleyball, surf lifesaving and rugby and studied a variety of academic programmes such as marine science, business management and sport and recreation. The scholarships cover course fees, paid for a maximum of two years.
Successful students are also allocated 10 hours per annum access to sports support services such as sports science, testing, and lifestyle support.
They will also be given a High Performance Academy kit, consisting of track suit and t-shirt.
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