The focus of the VU Women in Sport scholarship is to assist women who due to personal circumstances have not been able to begin or continue their studies.
Circumstances specific to the recipients may include, but are not limited to:
- childcare costs
- travel or technology costs associated with course enrolment
- accommodation costs associated with course enrolment
- initial funding help take time out from work to focus on study
- membership fees associated with the course e.g. ESSA.
The first two recipients of the Victoria University 2020 Women in Sport Scholarship are Laura Oakley and Zoe Pease.
Laura is studying the Bachelor of Outdoor Education and Environmental Science. After a past traumatic experience resulting in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Laura continues to focus on progressing in her sport of white water rafting and kayaking. As part of her recovery, Laura is re-building her confidence; she is committed to the prevention of workplace harassment and supporting other women who may have had similar experiences.
Due to severe depression and anxiety in adolescence, Zoe experienced challenges in secondary school. Now Zoe studies a Bachelor of Outdoor Education and Environmental Science and plans to take on further studies to qualify as a secondary school teacher in sports and outdoor education with the focus of increasing the confidence of students she teaches.