Wayne Richards sporting scholarship

The annual Wayne Richards Sporting Scholarship provides financial assistance of $4,000 to a Port Macquarie Hastings athlete participating at state or national level.

We pay the sports scholarship in four instalments of $1,000 to support the athlete with the costs associated with training and competition.

Applications for the Wayne Richards Sporting Scholarship closed on 30 September 2021, and the next round will open in 2022. 

Before applying

Who can apply?

Applicants must be: 

  • Between 13 and 21 years of age at the time applications close
  • An Australian Citizen or have permanent resident status
  • A permanent resident of the Port Macquarie-Hastings local government area
  • Participating as an athlete in a sport endorsed by the relevant Australian Sports Commission (ASC) and recognised by the National Sporting Organisation (NSO).

Some sports are not recognised, so please check with your sporting organisation. For example, the following sports are not Australian Sports Commission recognised National Sporting Organisations:

  • Futsal
  • Oz tag
  • Cheerleading
  • Royal life saving
  • Surf life saving

Check the full eligibility conditions for the scholarship at Wayne Richards Sporting Scholarship Guidelines(PDF, 157KB).

How to apply

Complete the online application, upload your supporting documentation and submit.

Apply now

Choosing the recipient

Recipients are chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Achievement at a state, national or international level of competition in their chosen sport
  • Potential to further represent NSW or Australia in their chosen sport and have potential to achieve a sporting career
  • Sportsmanship in their chosen field
  • The potential to be an ambassador for the Port Macquarie-Hastings region