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Ron Clarke was truly a “renaissance man”. His lifetime achievements include being a successful businessman, an environmental crusader, Mayor of the Gold Coast for eight years, a philanthropist and a devoted family man.

The aim of the scholarship is to provide support for a middle distance/distance athlete to achieve their athletic and educational potential. The recipient will be expected to uphold those values demonstrated by Ron over his life: commitment to his athletic career, his education and his subsequent working life; support of the athletics community; and dedication to his family and other important relationships. 

Funding and Associated Obligations

The Athletics International Trust has allocated up to $7,000 each year for this scholarship. The AI Awards Committee will oversee the awarding of the scholarship payments. The successful athlete will receive $3,500 at the start of the first semester of study of their scholarship period. The Ron Clarke Scholarship holder will receive a second $3,500 at the start of the second semester, following receipt by the AI Awards Committee of:

  • Evidence of successful completion of the requirements of the first semester; and
  • A progress report on how the Scholarship has assisted the holder to progress both their educational and athletic goals.

At the completion of the scholarship period, the Ron Clarke Scholarship holder must:

  • Provide to AI a final report indicating how the $7,000 assisted them to progress in their education of choice and their athletic career.
  • The Scholarship holder will, where practical, be asked to give a short presentation at an AI function on their progress over the past year, and aspirations for the future.


The scholarship criteria best reflect many of the characteristics Ron held dear. Applicants need to be able to demonstrate they:

  • are an Australian citizen • are a promising runner in a distance from 800m to the marathon, including the 3km steeplechase
  • can demonstrate a commitment to athletics, as shown through participation over several seasons, including currently
  • have demonstrated improvement over recent years, with potential to achieve elite status
  • are a student attending a post-secondary education institution in Australia and undertaking, as a minimum, a 50 per cent but preferably a 75 per cent load
  • do not receive significant financial support from Athletics Australia/NASS, State Institutes of Sport or other sponsors

Closing date: Sunday 10 March, 2024

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