The Rugby Union Players’ Association (RUPA) and Education Partner Open Universities Australia (OUA) are pleased to announce that the four recipients of the RUPA-OUA Scholarship for 2019 have been selected.
Jemima Henry (NSW Waratahs Super W), Yasmin Meakes (Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens), Harrison Orr (Western Force) and Caleb Timu (Queensland Reds) will each receive a full scholarship for the undergraduate or postgraduate subject of their choice in Study Period 3, 2019, as well as receiving vouchers for textbooks.
All currently contracted Super Rugby, Rugby Sevens and Western Force players, as well as 2019 Super W players and former professional players, were eligible to apply for the scholarships, with a RUPA selection committee deciding on the eventual four recipients.
Orr will study the postgraduate subject, Organisational Behaviour for Managers, from Curtin University online through OUA, having already completed two bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Leadership & Management.
“When you’re playing professional sport it’s quite difficult to commit to study, but the way that OUA structures their degrees and subjects gives you the opportunity to find a way that balances it out nicely for you,” Orr said.
“With OUA you can get so specific with what you want to study, and in my position of studying at postgraduate level, there’s the great option to hone your knowledge and upskill through a single subject.
“I’m also really pleased that RUPA and OUA wanted to incorporate the Western Force and include us in this opportunity, and that players are still being supported and treated as an important part of the Rugby community.”
OUA is Australia’s leading online destination and facilitator of higher education, providing access to hundreds of degrees and thousands of subjects online from a range of Australian universities. OUA helps students narrow down their options during a very complex decision-making process, helping them choose and enrol into the right study option.
Rhys James, Corporate Sales Manager at OUA, said that the flexible study options they provided made them an ideal choice for current and former players who wanted to remain engaged with formal study but didn’t necessarily have the time to study face to face or full time, and didn’t necessarily want to commit to a full degree.
“Single subjects are great for those looking to make the first step towards a full degree program or, at postgraduate level, for those wanting to upskill or fill a competency gap in a specific area,” James said.
“We’re excited for this years scholarship recipients and look forward to following them through their study journey.”