Bond University today announced it was partnering with former Wallabies Captain, Mr John Eales AM, to develop The John Eales Rugby Excellence Scholarship.
The scholarship will grant two young men who excel in rugby, possess leadership qualities and are of high academic standing, the opportunity to be personally mentored by the most successful Wallabies captain in the history of Australian rugby.
The scholarship package is worth up to $55,000 per year for each student for the duration of the degree program.
Bond University’s Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Tim Brailsford said he anticipated the scholarship would fast become the most prestigious and sought-after sports scholarship in Australia.
“John Eales is widely regarded as the most successful and respected rugby captain Australia has ever produced. His achievements, leadership and success, both on and off the field, are internationally respected,” Professor Brailsford said.
“John was our first and only choice to partner with for this momentous new scholarship. We anticipate his involvement in this program will inspire Australia’s next generation of academic and sports leaders, and very possibly a future Wallabies captain.”
Scholarship namesake John Eales said he was relishing the opportunity to help develop the next generation of Australian and international rugby players.
“What appealed to me most about this program was the mentoring aspect and the chance for me to provide ongoing advice, coaching and guidance to some outstanding young leaders,” Mr Eales said.
“There is more to being a professional rugby player than just being good at football. This program also recognises the importance of gaining a high quality education and developing the leadership skills necessary for a career beyond sport.
“I am very excited to be partnering with Bond University and can’t wait to see the incredible pool of talent this scholarship generates.”
As Patron of the Scholarship program, Bond University Trustee Member and prominent Gold Coast businessman Terry Jackman AM said he was very proud to support the John Eales Rugby Excellence Scholarship.
“I have always been passionate about rugby, education and business leadership so this scholarship holds huge appeal for me,” Mr Jackman said.
“I encourage all young rugby players who are serious about a career in professional rugby to consider applying.”
The scholarship is open to males under 26 years with experience at playing rugby at a representative level; with a high quality school or academic record; and who possess leadership qualities. It is open to Australian and international candidates.
In September 2013, the first round of applications will be assessed and winners subsequently announced. The awardees will commence studies in 2014 and spend their rugby season with the Bond University Breakers.
Today’s announcement further bolsters Bond University’s strong association with world-class rugby. In May of this year, Bond became the Official Education Partner of the Qantas Wallabies. In 2012 the University signed an agreement with Australian Rugby Union (ARU) to become a partner of the Gold Coast Sevens Fever Pitch.
For more information on the scholarship and entry criteria, go to Scholarships