Elite Sports Scholarships

Plymouth Marjon University awards scholarships to promising young athletes, so that they can achieve their potential and keep up their studies at the same time.


Who can apply

Elite Sports Scholarship applicants must be studying a degree programme at the University and they must have represented their chosen sport at national or international level. We can only accept one application per person, per academic year, and all sports scholars are required to represent the University in BUCS Championships, Varsity and other related student sports competitions. Click to download more information about Elite Sports Scholarships‌.

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How to apply

All students must apply for this scholarship each year, regardless of whether they’ve been offered the scholarship in previous years. If you wish to apply, please fill in the Elite Sports Scholarships application form and return it to Julie Woodman, Student Sports Assistant (jwoodman@marjon.ac.uk) along with references by 31 March of the preceding academic year. Applications will be reviewed by a selection panel and successful candidates will be offered a scholarship place when the applicant’s place has been confirmed on a University course. The number and size of scholarships awarded annually, will be dependent on the amount of funds available and quality of applications in any given year.

Elite Sport Scholarships


Part of the deal

Each successful scholarship applicant receives a wealth of practical support from Plymouth Marjon University. This includes: 

  • Scholarship fee up to £3000 (dependent on athletic standard)
  • Free membership to the University sports centre
  • Free use of the sports therapy clinic
  • Free training kit

This scholarship can't be held in conjunction with any other Plymouth Marjon University related bursary, grant or scholarship. 


What's expected

The University invests a significant amount of time and money into the Elite Sports Scholarship programme and, in return, we ask our scholars to commit fully to the ethos and culture of the programme. If we can’t reach an agreement on this, students may be asked to leave the programme. 

As part of the scholarship, students are expected to comply with all Marjon Sports Federation rules and with the Elite Sports Scholarships code of conduct. An agreement will need to be signed before any scholarship funds are released to the student.

Other duties include submitting a list at the beginning of the year which details all upcoming competitions and events in which the scholar intends to take part. After these events, the scholar must submit a report to the student sport officer, along with expense receipts. Cash scholarships are paid out three times in the academic year. Scholars are also expected to take active part in promotional and recruitment activities, media events, photo opportunities and any other related marketing opportunities.