SESF Scholarships are for families and students who demonstrate the need for financial support to attend national and international events

What is the Sports Excellence Scholarship Fund (SESF)?

The SESF is a registered charity. It supports School aged students, 10 years and upwards, who’s financial circumstances would preclude them from otherwise participating at representative level for Victoria or Australia. The charity started in 2012 and has a Deductible Gift Recipient status.

Scholarship Details

Valued at up to $1,000 per scholarship

Successful scholarship recipients will be required to submit photos, videos and a testimonial documenting their story at their National or International Championship.

Who can apply and what are the criteria?

State or National Team Representative students who are enrolled in a Victorian school. This includes Government and non-Government Schools and Multi Class athletes

Students who are Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia (within the meaning of the Australian Citizenship Act 2007)

Families or students who demonstrate financial need

Families and students can re-apply each year, regardless of the outcome of the application the previous year

When can I apply?

You can apply at any stage of the school year, as long as it is at least three weeks before your departure to your event.

What documentation do you need to apply?

All applicants must fill in the application form on this page. Applications must be endorsed by the principal where the student is enrolled and by the state or national sporting association or by the sporting institute sending you (e.g. VIS).

Applications must include documentation must include the total cost of the trip, the amount the sporting body is paying and therefore the total cost students and families must pay.

Evidence of financial circumstances that would otherwise preclude the applicant from participating. This may include evidence of a valid Health Care Card /Pensioner Concession Card (not essential).

Steps to apply:

1. Fill in the SESF application support documentation, including endorsement from your school

2. Click the apply now button, fill in the questions and upload your support form.

SSV Sports Excellence Scholarship Fund’s terms, conditions and privacy

Applicants must:

  • be enrolled at a Victorian school;
  • have sporting potential consistent with competing at a state representative level;
  • be 10 years or older;
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia (within the meaning of the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 (Cth); and
  • have financial circumstances that would preclude them from otherwise participating at representative level.

Each recipient will receive an up to a maximum of $1000.
Recipients must use all of the money awarded from the scholarship to fund their participation to the designated sporting event
As part of receiving a scholarship, successful applicants must supply SESF with a testimonial and other media requests.


The information collected on the application form will be used by the Sports Excellence Scholarship Fund to assess your application for funding and to perform functions relevant to the Sports Excellence Scholarship Fund (SESF). The SESF may wish to provide certain information to the media, Members of Parliament, local governments and other agencies for promotional purposes associated with the Sports Excellence Scholarship Fund. The information provided will only include the applicant’s rst name, surname, age, town, school, sport, and event. Information collected on this form will be retained as required by the Public Records Act 1973 and other relevant Acts and regulations. The information collected is subject to consideration for release under the Freedom of Information Act 1982. If you have any further questions regarding your privacy, please contact SESF by e-mail at or by phone at 0419 383 291.

Triathlon13 – 19 YearsFriday, 21 February
Baseball18 Years and UndersSunday, 23 February
Tennis18 Years and UnderMonday, 24 February
Softball17 Years and UnderFriday, 21 February
Netball15 Years and UnderMonday, 16 March
Australian Football14 Years and UnderMonday, 20 April
Swimming10 – 19 YearsFriday, 22 May
Australian Football12 Years and UnderMonday, 25 May
Hockey16 Years and UnderMonday, 4 May
Basketball18 Years and UnderMonday, 17 May
Basketball12 Years and UnderFriday, 26 July
Hockey12 Years and UnderMonday, 18 May
Cross Country10 – 12 YearsMonday, 18 May
Golf18 Years and UnderFriday, 15 May
Rugby League12 Years and UnderMonday, 18 May
Football (Soccer)12 Years and UnderMonday, 22 June
Football (Soccer)16 Years and Under BoysTBC
Football (Soccer)18 Years and Under GirlsTBC
Netball12 Years and UnderFriday, 29 May
Volleyball15 Years and UnderFriday, 28 February
Tennis12 Years and UnderFriday, 12 June
Track and Field10 – 12 YearsFriday, 2 October
Touch Football15 Years and UnderTBC
Touch Football12 Years and UnderTBC
Golf12 Years and UnderMonday, 10 August
Cricket12 Years and UnderTBC
Diving10 – 19 YearsTBC
Softball12 Years and UnderTBC

To apply please click here to be taken to the online application process. Once you have completed your sections of the online application, two things will happen, (a) you will receive a summary of your online application, and (b) the Principal of the school the student is enrolled at will also receive a notification and be required to endorse the application. The Principal must endorse and submit the application within the due date for the application to be valid.