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Sports Excellence Scholarship Fund

​​​​​​​​​Each year, 900 students compete as members of Team Vic at the School Sport Australia National Championships. Each of these students has excelled at their sport, resulting in them being chosen to represent Victoria in a school sport state team. Many outstanding athletes have represented Team Vic in the past, including Steve Hooker, Gary Ablett Jnr, Brooke Stratton, Peter Hanscomb, Meg Lanning, Sharelle McMahon, Steph Catley, Ben Simmons, Mack Horton, and current AFL Premiership Captain Trent Cotchin and many more.

While all young people selected for Team Vic have the talent and commitment to succeed, not all have the funds or support to take up the opportunity.

To eliminate this barrier to participation, SSV has​ established the Sports Excellence Scholarship Fund. Scholarships are awarded to a number of the Team Vic state teams from the fund to help support Victorian students from low socio-economic, indigenous or rural and regional backgrounds, who have been selected to represent Victoria as a member of Team Vic. Each scholarship is $800.

Participating in sport provides young people with social, cultural and educational opportunities, encouraging healthy lifestyles, the development of life skills and lifelong friendships. For those from disadvantaged backgrounds, these benefits can be far reaching.​​


The SESF has its own, independent Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status and as such all donations are tax deductible.


Download the Sports Excellence Scholarship Fund Brochure

To be eligible to be considered for a scholarship, students must:

  • be enrolled at a Victorian Government school;
  • have sporting potential consistent with competing at a state representative level; 
    be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia (within the meaning of the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 (Cth));
  • have financial circumstances that would preclude them from otherwise participating at representative level.

A detailed list of eligible sports for the Sports Excellence Scholarship Fund

To apply please download, fill in and email the application form to

For more information

If you would like more information about the Sports Excellence Scholarship Fund or becoming a Corporate Friend in the Fund, please contact Nick Mooney on (03) 9488 9477 or via e-mail at:


About the Partners

School Sport Victoria provides quality sporting opportunities for 74 per cent of Victorian school students, on behalf of the Department of Education and Training (DET). SSV's core business is the coordination of inter-school sport across Victoria, with a membership base of 2,400 schools and 550,000 Victorian school students.

As a member body of School Sport Australia, SSV is involved in the coordination of national sporting events, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the national school sport community.

Support Partners

School Sport Victoria is very pleased that the following organisations donate financial support to the Sports Excellence Scholarship Fund​




Hall of Fame

Previous recipeints of the SESF can be found on this page​ of the SSV w​ebsite.​