University of Wollongong, Australia, awards the Sir Don Bradman Scholarship for Undergraduate student in India, every year. The scholarship is exclusively for Indian students and leads to a waiver of 50 per cent of tuition fees in a bid to promote cricket. Those who have applied to the University and hold a confirmed offer in compliance with the following rules — completed high school education in India scoring 75 per cent in the primary subjects and should have participated in club or higher participation in cricket — are eligible to apply for the award. The scholarship is also open to female candidates. Edex in conversation with Mohammed Shuja Ahmed Khan, last year’s winner, about his experience.
“I got to know of the scholarship through my extensive online research on universities. I came to know about the different scholarship programmes, but this particular one suited me the most as I was a zonal-level cricket player and also had a good academic score. While I was passionate about cricket, I was focused on being a high achiever in academics as well,” says Mohammed.
As he met the criteria, outright, Mohammed didn’t have to undergo any special preparation. However, he does offer a few scholarship-specific and life tips, “Be true to yourself, work hard with a determination and a belief that your future is yours to make. Be open to new experiences and extract the best from them.” He’s currently pursuing his undergraduation in Civil Engineering. The application form requires details of previous education, references, copy of birth certificate, photographs, proof of residency in India and employment details. Details at www.uow.edu.au/future/international/apply/scholarships/UOW135799.html.
About University of Wollongong
The public research university was founded in 1951 and has campuses in Sydney, Dubai and Sejong, South Korea besides the main campus at Wollongong. It offers a wide range of courses under the faculties of Business, Engineering and Information Sciences, Science, Medicine and Health, Social Sciences, Law, Humanities and Arts.