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USC SportSmart Scholarship

Scholarship applications for Semester 1 2023 will open 1 September 2022.

To assist elite and emerging athletes to achieve in tertiary education and high performance sport

The USC SportSmart Scholarship supports higher education opportunities for eligible USC students who are combining their first year of tertiary study with high performance sport commitments. The scholarship is intended to recognise, reward and encourage sporting and academic excellence. The scholarship will be available to students commencing their first year of study at USC who have demonstrated very high sporting and academic achievement.

High performance sport at USC represents a fearless commitment to developing sporting excellence alongside academic success. With nationally accredited facilities, year-round idyllic conditions and dedicated athlete support resources, USC is fast becoming a national leader in high performance sport and a university that ensures our athletes are well placed for continued success during their competitive career and beyond.

Please see USC’s High Performance Student Athlete program and High Performance Sport for further details on programs and assistance to enable you to achieve excellence in both sport and study.

Scholarship payments will be made approximately three weeks after Census Date of the relevant Semester, once enrolment has been confirmed.

  • Students commencing their first undergraduate degree program who have been accepted into the USC High Performance Student Athlete (HPSA) Program
  • Enrolled full-time or part-time in 2 or more courses
  • A permanent resident of Australia, Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or Permanent Australian Humanitarian Visa holder

Note: Students who have completed any courses as part of an undergraduate Bachelor level program will not be eligible.

Selection criteria
  • Very high sporting achievement as identified by:
    • Recognition by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), a State/Territory Institute of Sport (e.g. QAS) or Professional Players Association
    • Membership of a national senior squad from an Athlete Career and Education (ACE) support sport
    • Membership of a national level squad in open or age level competition in a sport recognised by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC)
    • Membership of a state or national level development squad in a sport recognised by the ASC
    • A national or international level coach or referee in an ASC recognised sport
  • High academic achievement as identified by ATAR or equivalent tertiary rank (minimum ATAR 89 or equivalent)
  • Potential to enhance the USC student experience through leadership and engagement initiatives
Eligible programs
All undergraduate programs
Number available

A$5,000 (A$2,500 per semester)