Elite athlete support and scholarships

Brendon Smith

We are committed to providing elite athlete students assistance and support to successfully combine their academic and sporting pursuits.

In addition to academic and pathway support, our Elite Athletes may also be eligible to apply for specific athlete scholarships.

We offer full support to our LEAP athletes, especially within the following areas:

  • academic case management, including assistance with:
    • enrolment
    • timetabling
    • flexible assessment
    • alternative exam arrangements
  • Elite Athlete Support Fund grants towards sporting endeavours
  • High performance services including strength & conditioning coaching
  • gym membership and access to sporting facilities
  • Elite Athlete Program apparel
  • assistance with university entry pathways and credit transfer arrangements.


The program also provides help and training to support your career once you finish competing, including:

  • professional development workshops
  • access to industry networks through our sporting partnerships
  • advice from La Trobe expert academics in sports and health.

The Elite Athlete Housing Scholarship was established in 2017, in conjunction with our Living at La Trobe. To assist student athletes with extenuating circumstances through the provision of on campus accommodation.

Value: a single room in a College or Halls of Residence at La Trobe University's Bundoora or Bendigo campus for the period of one university year.

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, applicants must:

  • be intending to enrol in an undergraduate bachelor degree course at one of our campuses in Semester 1, 2020
  • demonstrate considerable hardship and/ or extenuating circumstance that would otherwise prevent them from managing their tertiary study and continuing elite level sport;
  • be supported by referee reports
  • complete an application for La Trobe On-campus Accommodation

Applicants must also apply to the La Trobe Elite Athlete Program.

Please visit our scholarships section for more information.

If you're a year 12 or IB student enrolling at La Trobe and competing at a state, national or international level, you may be eligible the Michael Malthouse Elite Sport Scholarship which offers a financial scholarship to help with your first year at university.

Value: $10,000 (1 year duration)

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, applicants must:

  • be studying Australian Year 12 or IB in 2019, and intending to enrol in an undergraduate
  • bachelor degree course at a La Trobe campus in Semester 1, 2020
  • demonstrate high academic achievement
  • demonstrate high achievement in their chosen sport
  • be supported by referee reports

Applicants must also apply to the La Trobe Elite Athlete Program.

Please visit our scholarships section for more information.