The Weary Dunlop Foundation is inspired by the life of the late Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop. Weary Dunlop was a decorated war hero, surgeon, Victoria’s first Wallaby and a selfless contributor and leader in the community. The Weary Dunlop Foundation is based on the three pillars integral to Sir Weary Dunlop’s life:
- Rugby Union
- Community involvement and leadership
The Weary Dunlop Foundation aims to support young men and women with funding in order to assist in the pursuit of education alongside rugby. It must be noted that applicants need only be involved in rugby at any level, including referees, coaches and players.
Winners of the Weary Dunlop scholarship exhibit the values of Sir Edward “Weary” Dunlop and are future leaders in the rugby and business communities. Our scholarship holders are exceptional young people who represent the Weary Dunlop Foundation in the community.
Dom Shipperley is a contracted Rugby Union player with the Melbourne Rebels. Dom’s passion for rugby, education and community involvement is well suited to his role as the Weary Dunlop Foundation ambassador. Dom’s duties as ambassador include representing the Weary Dunlop Foundation in the community, processing scholarship applications, supporting scholarship holders and acting as an intermediary between the Weary Dunlop Foundation board and its scholarship holders.
Yvonne Savea (2018) - Yvonne Savea is one of the most promising up-and-coming referees in Victoria. This was recognised by Rugby Australia when they invited Yvonne to referee at the 2017 AON Uni 7's competition. Yvonne is qualified to referee both rugby 7's and XV's and in the past year has refereed the Frankston International 7's as well as the Bendigo Goldfields 7's, the premier Sevens events in Victoria. Yvonne is currently in her first year of University, at La Trobe University, where the Foundation’s support is assisting Yvonne to become a teacher.
Georgia Cormick (2018) - Georgia Cormick is an exciting prospect in the growing game of Women's Rugby in Victoria. Winning a premiership with her club team in the Melbourne Unicorns in 2017, Georgia also represented the state in both the 7's and XV's sides last year. The rising star is currently a part of the Super W training squad. Most recently, Georgia has been selected in the 2018 Wallaroos Squad, whilst off-field, Georgia is currently completing her Master’s Degree of Osteopathy. Georgia personifies the values of Rugby Victoria and the Foundation in all aspects of her life.
Navarre Haisila (2018) - Navarre Haisila aspires to be a professional rugby player and has so far taken all available opportunities presented to him in hopes of achieving this dream. So far in Navarre's rugby journey, he has travelled to England to be a part of the Worcester Warriors Academy Program, after which he returned to Australia. Since returning to Australia, Navarre has captained Endeavour Hills U18 side to a premiership, as well as being a part of Victoria's U18 Schoolboys side.
Declan Cox (2017) – Declan studies Environmental Science at Melbourne University. Currently in his second year of study, he is aiming to specialise in Structural Engineering. Declan also plays rugby for the Melbourne University Rugby Club and represented the Melbourne Rebels Under-20s in the 2017 Super Under-20s competition. The knowledge and leadership skills Declan gained through his experience in the Rebels Under-20s will see him become an even more important member in the Melbourne University community.
Ben Collins (2017) – Ben embodies the values of the Weary Dunlop Foundation. In 2016, his final year of school, Ben was Vice Captain of Trinity Grammar School and Captain of the 1st XV rugby team. Ben was able to balance these demanding extra-curricular responsibilities with his studies and achieved an impressive ATAR score, which saw him accepted into Melbourne University. Ben was selected in the Rebels Under-20s squad alongside fellow scholarship holder Declan Cox. Like Declan he is also playing for Melbourne University Rugby Club in the 2017 Dewar Shield Competition.
Andrew Smylie (2015) – Andrew was awarded the scholarship in 2015. The Melbourne Grammar student, who refereed in his spare time, played for 1st XV and was a member of Victorian schoolboy representative teams.
Jordan Uelese (2015) – Jordan was awarded the Weary Dunlop scholarship in his final year of schooling at rugby powerhouse St. Kevin’s College. The support of the Weary Dunlop foundation helped Jordan along the impressive path he has taken since graduating, where he has earned a contract with the Melbourne Rebels and also represented Australia at the 2017 Under 20’s Rugby World Cup. At this tournament Jordan showcased his talents on the field and was invaluable to the Australian outfit.
Applications for Weary Dunlop Scholarships are currently closed.