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 any commencing Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples students. There are two scholarships available, for one male and one female recipient. Alumnus of either The Clontarf Foundation (Clontarf) or The Stars Foundation (Stars) across Australia, will be given preference.

Maximum value $44,000

Applications currently closed.

Can I apply?

To be eligible you must:

  • be an Australian Citizen.
  • be a commencing full time student who is a:
    • Male student or alumnus from The Clontarf Foundation
    • Female student, with preference given to an alumnus, from The Stars Foundation
  • be a student that identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
  • be experiencing financial hardship and/or educational disadvantage.

Non-school leavers are eligible to apply with a Queensland OP1 to 15 (or an equivalent ATAR, IB). We will use 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 and must be eligible for and accepted into a degree program within Griffith University commencing in trimester 1 2019.

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
  • Program preferences


  • Leadership and community – indicate that you are or have been a member of either The Clontarf Foundation or The Stars Foundation

Personal background

  • Income and expenditure
  • Circumstances


  • Personal statements
    • Community involvement - Provide details of your membership of either The Clontarf Foundation or The Stars Foundation.
    • Scholarship benefit - How will the scholarship make study possible? (optional)

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- Provide proof of completion/verification from The Clontarf Foundation or The Stars Foundation.

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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Maximum value is $44,000, paid in instalments.  Instalments of  $5,500 are payable in trimester 1 and trimester 2, provided conditions are met, each year up to  maximum value of the scholarship or minimum duration of the program, 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 GC2018 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 wish to provide meaningful opportunities for The Clontarf Foundation (Clontarf) and The Stars Foundation (Stars) students across Australia to connect with and embrace the Australian Commonwealth Games Team and Gold Coast 2018. CGA, Clontarf and Stars 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.

The Clontarf Foundation (Clontarf)

Clontarf exists to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and by doing so, equips them to participate more meaningfully in society. As a prelude to tackling these and other issues, participants are first provided with an opportunity to succeed and in turn to raise their self-esteem. Since opening its first Academy for 25 boys in 2000 the Foundation has grown to cater for over 5,600 boys in 92 schools across Western Australia, Northern Territory, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

The Stars Foundation (Stars)

The mission of Stars is: To support and enable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls and young women to make active choices towards realising their full potential in all aspects of their development and wellbeing. Stars have 8 locations across NT with over 500 students. Stars are about to open one location in QLD in Term 1 2018.

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

  • remain full time enrolled at Griffith University
  • maintain a minimum GPA 4.0

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.