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Our scholarships include a wide range of support services that enable athletes to successfully train, compete and study in a performance environment. 

With financial support and a comprehensive support service package, including strength & conditioning and rehabilitation services, the scholarship programme can be tailored to your needs.

The scholarships range from a value up to £2,000 and are open to all St Mary’s students, regardless of year or programme of study:


Gold scholarship

Value: up to £2,000

This scholarship package includes:

  • Up to £1,000 financial support
  • Free gym membership to the St Mary’s Fitness and Conditioning Suite
  • Access to St Mary's services including:
    • Strength and conditioning services
    • Student massage clinic
    • Nutrition and psychology support from MSc students
    • Performance lifestyle support services
  • Sport Scholar Kit

We are looking for student athletes who have the ability to compete at the Olympic or Paralympic Games, typically those that have already represented their country at senior international level in an appropriate sport.

We will also consider applications from student athletes in a non-Olympic sport, providing they compete at a comparable level and in a British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) sport.

As with all St Mary’s sport scholarships, meeting the above minimum criteria does not guarantee the award of a scholarship.


Silver scholarship

Value: up to £1,500

This scholarship package includes:

  • Up to £500 financial support
  • Free gym membership to the St Mary’s Fitness and Conditioning Suite
  • Access to St Mary's services including:
    • Strength and conditioning services
    • Student massage clinic
    • Nutrition and psychology support from MSc students
    • Performance lifestyle support services
  • Sport Scholar Kit

We are looking for student athletes who are typically competing at a minimum of junior national/international level or equivalent who are able to demonstrate how they can significantly contribute to success for St Mary’s in BUCS competitions.

Please note: athletes must be committed to, and eligible to represent St Mary’s in BUCS competitions and events. Please see below for a list of eligible sports.

As with all St Mary’s sport scholarships, meeting the above minimum criteria does not guarantee the award of a scholarship.

  • Archery*
  • Athletics  (including Duathlon & Triathlon)
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Canoeing*
  • Clay Pigeon Shooting
  • Climbing
  • Cricket
  • Cycling*
  • Equestrian*
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Futsal
  • Gaelic Football (Men's)
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics*
  • Hockey
  • Jiu Jitsu
  • Judo
  • Karate
  • Korfball
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial Arts*
  • Modern Biathlon/Pentathlon
  • Netball
  • Orienteering
  • Para Powerlifting
  • Pool
  • Rifle shooting*
  • Rowing*
  • Rugby League
  • Rugby Union
  • Sailing*
  • Squash
  • Snooker
  • Snowsports*
  • Surfing*
  • Swimming*
  • Table Tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Trampolining*
  • Ultimate
  • Volleyball 
  • Water Polo
  • Weightlifting
  • Wheelchair Basketball
  • Windsurfing*

*Please note that BUCS do not offer certain disciplines/events within this sport.

Applicants within these sports should be aware that their favoured event may not be featured within BUCS competitions and as such they may not be eligible for this scholarship. Visit the BUCS website for more information about the competitions and events offered.


Bronze scholarship

Value: up to £1,000

This scholarship package includes:

  • Free gym membership to the St Mary’s Fitness and Conditioning Suite
  • Access to St Mary's services including:
    • Strength and conditioning services
    • Student massage clinic
    • Nutrition and psychology support from MSc students
    • Performance lifestyle support services
  • Sport Scholar Kit

We are looking for student athletes who:

  • Are currently competing at a minimum of county or regional level and can commit to competing in BUCS competitions OR
  • Are currently competing at a minimum of national or junior national level in a non-BUCS or non-Olympic sport OR
  • Do not meet the above but can evidence that they can significantly contribute to the student sport programme.

As with all St Mary’s sport scholarships, meeting the above minimum criteria does not guarantee the award of a scholarship.


Timeline and applications

Applications for sports scholarships are now open for 2021/22. To apply for a scholarship, please complete the relevant form below

The timeline for scholarship applications is noted below. Please note this timeline may change at any time:

  • Deadline 1 – 20th August 2021
  • Final Deadline – 8th September 2022
  • Scholarship Induction – Wednesday 22nd September. All successful applicants will be required to attend.

Applications will be reviewed according to the date they are submitted, for example all applications received before 20th August will be reviewed together.

We would encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible and will endeavour to update all applicants on the status of their application as soon as possible.

For more information please contact Gareth Crewe, Sport Development Manager, at gareth.crewe@stmarys.ac.uk.