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Monday, August 28, 2006

The USP All-rounder Sports Scholarships open for applications from the Pacific

The University of the South Pacific's newly developed all-rounder sports scholarship program is now open for applications from potential sportsmen and sportswomen around the Pacific Islands.

The All-rounder Scholarship Program was launched in July 2005 in recognition of the University’s primary focus on its students. The All-rounder Scholarship Program is implemented to achieve the following aims:
* To provide talented and bright sportsmen and sportswomen from around the USP region with the unique opportunity to realize both their academic and sporting potential
* To enhance the knowledge of the University within the region and to open up avenues whereby the best sports people can be kept here and encouraged to develop their vocation or career through higher education in conjunction with advancing their sporting careers
* To develop and mould well educated, well rounded citizens, leaders in sports and good role models in the region!
* To recruit ALL-ROUNDER students – those who through sport and academic achievement, have demonstrated their capacity through both discipline and aspiration to strive for excellence.

So far a total of 50 sports scholarships with a dollar value of FJD$21,000 each was awarded this year in 2006. Current scholars hail from Fiji (32), Solomon Islands (6), Tonga (1), and Vanuatu (4). The benefits of the sports scholarship program include:
i) Academic support,
ii) Sports services eg. Physiotherapy, sport psychology, sport nutrition, injury prevention, recovery and rehabilitation programs, USP Sports Clubs, Fitness Centre, swimming pool, gymnasium, sport playing fields
iii) qualified trainers and coaches,
iv) medical centre and medical staff,
v) dining and residential halls,
vi) monthly allowance,
vii) elite sporting allowance,
viii) and most other facilities

To be considered for an All-rounder Scholarship, applicants should possess good academic records coupled with high performance levels in the sport of Athletics, Basketball, Netball, Rugby, Soccer, Swimming or Weight-lifting. The ability to satisfy entry requirements for your chosen program of study at the University is also a pre-requisite

Applications for 2007 is available from 1 September, 2006 through to 30 November, 2006. It is expected that another similar number of scholarships offered this year 2006 will be available for study in 2007. More details on how to apply can be found on the All-rounder Scholarship Page.

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