The University of Reading is committed to the development of sporting excellence amongst its students, and each year offers a number of Sports Scholarships to students who show, or have shown, outstanding talent in their chosen sport.
The Sports Scholarship Scheme is set up to support elite athletes throughout their time at University that are competing regionally to the international level.
At the University of Reading we understand the difficulties that can be experienced by students who are trying to balance the demands of academic study and high level participation in sport. We are committed to adopting a flexible approach to support such students in order to help them to meet their academic obligations and to fulfil their sporting potential, and through the Sports Scholarship Scheme we aim to do just that.
Back row; Sam Townsend, Charles Cousins, Ric Egington, Bill Lucus, Alex Gregory, Anna Watkins.
Front row; Natasha Page, Debbie Flood.
Awards are divided into three classifications.
|Scholarship classification||Criteria*||Scholarship award|
|John Nike Scholarship||This is award to an athlete that shows a genuine chance of reaching the Olympic games in 2016||
This award is for athletes that are competing from a regional level up to athletes that are competing internationally
|Golf||Men are required to be playing off a handicap of 10 or less women are required to be playing off a handicap of 13 or less||
John Nike Scholarship
Caragh McMurtry Photographed Right
The John Nike Scholarship is awarded to an athlete that shows a genuine chance of being selected to compete at the 2016 games in Rio.
Caragh McMurtry (photo left) has won numerous medals and BUCS points whilst representing the University, two of these medals were won at the 2011 European University Rowing Championships where she picked up silver and a bronze.
As well as this, Caragh has had some fantastic achievements rowing internationally.
At the 2012 World Rowing U23 Championships in Trakai, Caragh raced in the women's pair with Olivia Carnegie-Brown. The duo had a good fight with New Zealand down the course, eventually taking the silver medal, 16 seconds ahead of Germany who finished third.
Following their silver medal at the World Rowing U23 Championships, Caragh and Olivia Carnegie-Brown raced in the Women's pair at the 2012 European Rowing Championships in Varese, Italy. The duo won a silver medal and then also went on to race in the Women's eight in which they won a bronze.
In September 2012 Caragh was selected to race in the senior European championships. Here she doubled up to win silver in the pair and a bronze in the eight. This is a fantastic result for Caragh as last year only one medal was won in total and this year she won two by herself.
Nyall Driscoll, came 19th in European jnr champs and helped Wales to 6th place overall.
Preference will be given to rowing and rugby applicants followed by other BUCS sports.
We would like to express thanks to the University of Reading Alumni Fund and John Nike who generously provide a grant to support the scholarship programme.
Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis and can be renewed each academic year subject to satisfactory sporting achievements, academic progress and general conduct. The scholar will be assessed at the end of each year and will need to reapply for an award.
All new applications must be submitted by 31 July and re-applications by 1 July.
Further enquiries about the sports scholarship programme should be directed to:
Michael Dyer, Sports Scholarship Manager
0118 378 6088