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Athletic Excellence Fund

The Athletic Excellence Fund is a strategic initiative supported by the Provincial Government's recreation and sport strategy, Active Healthy Newfoundland and Labrador. Funded by the Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development in conjunction with Sport Newfoundland and Labrador, the Athletic Excellence Fund is designed to recognize athletic excellence of the province's athletes.

The Athletic Excellence Fund encompasses the Premier's Athletic Awards, Elite Athlete Assistance Program, Team Gushue Awards and SportNL Scholarships in one application.

Application process
One application is required

  • Applications for coach education and certification are NOT funded through this program.
  • Applicants must be a current member, in good standing with their respective Provincial Sport Organization (PSO).
  • Athletes applying for more than one program should only complete and submit ONE application.
  • Athletes may receive funding from more than one program (Premier's Athletic Awards, Elite Athlete Assistance, Team Gushue Award or the SportNL Athletic Scholarship/ Bursary), however, athletes will only receive a Premier's Athletic Award OR Elite Athlete Assistance, not both.
  • Athletes applying for funding may do so once per calendar year.

SportNL Athletic Scholarship / Bursary

Program Overview

The purpose of the Sport Newfoundland and Labrador Scholarship Program is to provide financial assistance to qualifying amateur athletes, coaches and or officials to help offset the costs of training and competition.


  • Applicants must be attending and be in good standing at a recognized post secondary institution on a full time basis.
  • Provide an official transcript (Minimum average of 50% during the last term completed)

Application Review

Applicants must adhere to the terms and conditions regarding eligibility. Please note that:

  • Students currently enrolled in a recognized post secondary institution and participating in athletic, coaching, or officiating endeavors will receive priority in award selection.
  • Students who have completed their post-secondary varsity athletic eligibility will not be considered for awards.
  • Incomplete applications will be returned.
  • Completed application forms with all supporting documentation must be received by SportNL on or before January 27.

Evaluation Process

  • The Sport Newfoundland and Labrador Scholarship Committee will make the final selections for the SportNL Athletic Scholarship.
  • Awards are subject to recommendations by budget allocations, quality and number of candidates.

Successful Applicants

  • The Athlete must currently be training and competing in the sport indicated and will continue to train upon receipt of an Award.
  • Successful applicants of the SportNL Athletic Scholarship/ Bursary will be sent an invitation to the SportNL Scholarship Awards Reception.
  • Violation of the program's guidelines, terms and conditions may result in forfeiture of the Award.