Sydney: Oct 29, 2012
An Australian university announced Monday that a scholarship named after famed cricketer Donald Bradman will be awarded to an Indian student who combines academic and sporting ability.
The winner, who must demonstrate strong participation in cricket, will have half his or her tuition fees paid for the duration of a degree at the University of Wollongong south of Sydney.
“We believe this is a wonderful opportunity for a young person from India who is passionate about cricket and passionate about learning,” university vice-chancellor Professor Paul Wellings said in a statement.
The university is offering the scholarship with the Bradman Foundation, a charitable trust established in 1987 to promote cricket as a cultural and sporting force.
“Sir Donald Bradman left an enduring legacy to the game of cricket with his incredible achievements, and Indian cricket fans understand that as well as anyone,” former Test player Adam Gilchrist said in the statement.
“Sir Donald, through the establishment of the Foundation that bears his name, also had a vision that through education and the advancement of youth, cricket could be strengthened and advanced.”
Bradman, Australia‘s greatest sporting hero, died in 2001 aged 92. He played his last match in England in 1948 and retired with a yet-to-be topped Test batting average of 99.94. (AFP)