Commonwealth Games Australia (CGA) wishes to acknowledge and honour the memory of Ron Clarke AO MBE, by establishing the Ron Clarke Griffith Futures Scholarship.

The scholarship is to support two Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples students, who are elite athletes competing in a Commonwealth Games sport.

Maximum value $44,000

Applications closed.

Can I apply?

To be eligible you must:

  • be an Australian Citizen.
  • be either, eligible for admission to any of Griffith University's undergraduate degree programs in 2021 or be currently enrolled in any Griffith University's undergraduate degree programs.
  • be a student that identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
  • be an elite athlete competing in a Commonwealth Games sport and be a member of the Griffith Sports College, or be eligible and have applied for membership.
  • be experiencing financial hardship and/or educational disadvantage.

Applicants who are non-school leavers are eligible to apply with a Queensland ATAR 98.85 - 62.55 (or an equivalent OP, IB). Their admissions rank basis of previous secondary schooling, tertiary, bridging and preparatory studies, tertiary admissions tests or work experience and qualifications as determined by QTAC and /or Griffith University will be used.

In addition to the mandatory requirements above, preferential consideration will be given to students or alumni from the Clontarf Foundation (male) and the Stars Foundation (female).

What do I include in my application?

To be considered for this scholarship you must complete the following sections within the application:

Study details

  • Secondary education history and
  • Program preferences; or
  • Program details (continuing students only)


  • Leadership and community – indicate that you are or have been a member of either The Clontarf Foundation or The Stars Foundation
  • Sports participation – are you an elite athlete? Sport?

Personal background

  • Income and expenditure
  • Circumstances


  • Personal statements
    • Career goals and aims
    • Scholarship benefit: How will the scholarship make your goals possible?
    • Experiences: outline your sporting achievements either in this section or attach a document as below.
    • Other comments: any additional information

You must upload the following in the supporting documentation section. (Please use only the following formats- pdf, word, jpeg or excel. We can only guarantee these formats will be accepted)

  • Other: please upload a comprehensive date-ordered list (showing 2020 first in the list and going backwards, that is, 2020, 2019, 2018) of your sporting achievements, including times and placing/ranking.
  • You can choose to add copies of your most outstanding sporting certificates/awards/copies of media articles that make you stand out in your chosen sport.

The assessment is made on the basis of an assessment in accordance with the following five categories:

  • Financial hardship
  • Home environment and responsibilities
  • English language difficulty
  • Personal illness and disability
  • Educational disruption

Applicants may be requested to attend an interview.

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There are two scholarships to be awarded to two students (preference for one male and one female).

The scholarship is valued at $11,000 per annum for a maximum of four years or minimum duration of their degree remaining.

Payments of $5,500 are made in trimester 1 and trimester 2, provided conditions are met, each year up to maximum value of the scholarship per annum or minimum duration of the program, for which the scholarship was awarded, whichever is the lesser.

Payments are made up to six weeks after the Census Date subject to satisfying scholarship Terms and conditions.

Sponsor details

Commonwealth Games Australia (CGA) is committed to accurately identifying the specific needs of their members, partners and stakeholders and to developing/delivering systems, programs and support designed specifically to meet these needs. They work with key partners such as Griffith University (GU) to achieve these goals.

CGA wishes to acknowledge and honour the memory of Ron Clarke AO MBE, by establishing the Ron Clarke Griffith Futures Scholarship.

Ron Clarke's sporting achievements:

  • Lit the flame at Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony
  • Competed in Athletics at two Olympic Games; Tokyo 1964, Mexico City 1968 (winning a Bronze in the 10,000m in Tokyo)
  • Won three Commonwealth Games silver medals - the three-mile event at the Perth 1962 Games and in the three and six-mile events in the Kingston 1966 Games in Jamaica
  • Broke 19 official world records over distances from two miles (3.2 kilometre) to 20km
  • Was one of inaugural inductees in Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985

Ron Clarke’s achievements:

  • Served as Mayor of the City of the Gold Coast between 2004 and 2012. He was instrumental in the Gold Coast being selected to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Commonwealth Games Australia (CGA)

CGA works closely with education providers in supporting the next generation of talent coming through the University. CGA’s Community Engagement Program strategic priority is “Connecting with Communities”, which has three strategic pillars of; Embracing Diversity & Inclusion; Telling our Story and Respecting our Heritage; and Embracing our Future.

In achieving this CGA wishes to provide meaningful opportunities for indigenous student athletes across Australia to connect with and embrace the Australian Commonwealth Games Team.

CGA and Griffith see great alignment in the purpose of their organisations and their aspirations to positively impact the lives of Indigenous Australians through the vehicle of sport.

To remain eligible for the scholarship, you will be required to:

  • Remain enrolled at Griffith as a full-time student in an approved program at census date with a minimum GPA of 4.0.
  • Maintain an elite level in their chosen Commonwealth Games sport – evidenced by submission of a sporting performance report on a biannual basis.
  • Remain a member of the Griffith Sports College

Should the scholarship recipient, due to increased training for and performance in the Olympics or Commonwealth Games, request part-time enrolment, on approval payment will be paid 50% of the full value paid per trimester.

A scholarship recipient may take leave of absence in accordance with University policy. Scholarship benefits are suspended for the period of leave of absence or deferment. A scholarship recipient who is not enrolled and is not on an approved leave of absence loses their scholarship.

The recipient may be invited to meet with the donor and feature in marketing materials to promote the Scholarship

The above conditions are verified each trimester at Census date. If a scholarship recipient fails to successfully meet these conditions, it is at the discretion of the Scholarship Selection Committee to withhold the trimester instalment, or terminate the scholarship. The recipient must show cause to the Scholarships Office why the scholarship should not be cancelled.

Applications, including any supporting documentation, must be completed and submitted by the closing date.

Offers are made via email.

Applicants may be shortlisted and be required to provide additional information.

Griffith University reserves the right to withdraw an advertised scholarship at any time.