Sydney FC's Jada Whyman is in receipt of huge congratulations having been awarded one of the inaugural Minerva Network scholarships.
Goalkeeper Jada who grew up in Wagga Wagga in south-west NSW was presented with the Sydney Roosters & Easts Group Minerva Scholarship at a lunch at the Sydney Cricket Ground alongside Australian Rowing World Championship medallist Georgie Rowe.
The award is worth $10,000 and begins in February 2021 to coincide with the commencement of the University and TAFE calendar year.
The 21-year old is keen to pursue a Bachelor of Commerce degree at university. A proud Indigenous Australian, Jada has been working as an ambassador for John Moriarty Football, an organisation dedicated to helping young Indigenous players achieve success in the sport, in partnership with Football Australia, and as an ambassador for Stadium Australia working with charities and in the community.
She is also a volunteer youth worker for Glebe Youth Service, and an outreach counsellor supporting young Indigenous people in remote Australia for mental health non-profit organisation Headspace.
Christine McLoughlin, Chairman and Co-Founder of the Minerva Network, said: “The Minerva Network and our founding scholarship partners the Sydney Roosters & Easts Group, and Torrens University, are thrilled to confirm that outstanding elite athletes Jada Whyman and Georgie Rowe have received our inaugural scholarships.
“The Minerva Network Scholarships Program was launched in September 2020 and is open to Australia’s elite and professional level women athletes who are Minerva Stars and who would benefit from financial support to complete or commence an Australian certified educational or vocational qualification.
“Jada and Georgie were assessed by the Minerva Scholarships Committee as Minerva Stars who are role models on and off the field, have long-term career goals linked to a proposed area of study, and a credible plan to maintain their level of sporting performance despite the study commitment.
“We know from working with elite women athletes over the past four years at the Minerva Network that they juggle training, competing, part-time work to pay the bills, and their studies. Sadly, when the pressure is on and they need to cover some of the bills, too often those studies are sacrificed. Generous scholarships such as these enable athletes like Jada and Georgie to compete, train and study.”
The core mission of the Minerva Network continues to be to provide elite women athletes with mentors who are outstanding business leaders, provide educational workshops around areas of off-field development, and create an Australia-wide network of sports and business women with a common ambition to succeed and be role models for our communities.