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Sport Manawatu Athlete Scholarships

Sport Manawatu offers scholarships through our 500 Club. The 500 Club consists of a number of local businesses who contribute to a pool of funding, designed to assist local sportspeople to continue to participate in their chosen sport/s while at the same time making it a little easier to undertake tertiary study.


The value of the scholarship is $1,500.00 for each year that it's awarded and is renewable for a maximum of three years or in special cases may be extended until you complete all degree requirements. If the latter is inevitable then each request is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. It generally applies to those that cannot commit to a full-time study programme due to training and sporting requirements.

What can it pay for?

You can use the scholarship to pay for any reasonable item/fee that will assist your participation in sport and academia, for example you can use the scholarship for any of the following:

  • sporting equipment
  • travel
  • accommodation
  • competition entry fees
  • course fees
  • course books
  • relevant information technology

You may be asked to assist Sport Manawatu from time to time as a role model and/or representative of the organisation.   This may involve public speaking, publicity material and/or competing in sporting/physical activity events and assisting with delivery of some programmes.   It is anticipated that if you are available to assist, that you would do so.

Applications are now CLOSED!

2011 Recipients

  • Ben Langton Burnell (Athletics)
  • Michaela Curtis (Hockey)

2010 Recipients

  • Danielle Fourie (Squash)
  • Elizabeth Horne (Hockey & Equestrian)  


2009 Recipient

  • Daniel Morris (Smallbore  Rifle Shooting)

2008 Recipients

  • Jaimee Knyn (Athletics)

  • Joseph Watts (Squash)

  • Lucy Townend (Hockey)

2007 Recipients

  • Rhonda Bridges (Football)

  • Ma'afu Fia (Rugby)

  • Sophie O'Brien (Hockey)

Other Scholarships

For a  list of other scholarships please see out useful links > scholarships page.