By staff reporters
Rhodes University offers three different sports scholarships, namely the Ali Weakley Rugby Bursary, the Sports Bursary and the Rhodes Sports Foundation Bursary. The Rhodes Sports Foundation was formed following a R600 000 donation from old Rhodian Donovan Neale-May and a second donation of R600 000 from the Old Rhodian Golf club. This provides financial assistance to outstanding sports people as they represent the University at various levels. The Sports Bursary awards are made at the end of each year, and are based on the achievements and overall performance of a worthy student. The bursary is worth R2500 and awarded in October of each year. The Ali Weakley Rugby Bursary is an award given to a rugby player that epitomises all that Ali Weakley stood for. A candidate needs to have made a significant contribution to the spirit and achievement of the Rhodes University Rugby Club. “Ali was captain and coach of the Rhodes University Rugby Club. Ali was not only mentally strong but was principled and highly respected both as an incredibly hard and outstanding player and as a person,”said Professor Steven Olivier. All of these bursary awards allow outstanding sports players to gain access to a quality education whilst showcasing their talent and promoting sports at Rhodes.