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Indian student to receive Don Bradman scholarship
Don Bradman scholarship has been announced for an Indian student who shows keen involvement in cricket, sports in general and academics. The chosen student will get a chance to study in the University of Wollongong in Australia with 50 percent of tuition fees being waved off.

WHEN THE Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard announced the decision to confer the Order of Australia membership to Sachin Tendulkar, manyAustralian residents were not happy. But Australians might not react in the same manner when they learn that the Don Bradman Scholarship would be awarded to an Indian student after the completion of his secondary school, if a student shows involvement in sports, academics, and has a strong involvement in the game of cricket.

The student, who is chosen for this special scholarship, will get a chance to be part of the prestigious university in Australia University of Wollongong (UOW) as per the course he chooses. The University will also waive around 50 percent of the tuition fees, reported The Hindu. It was the great Aussie wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist who launched this special scholarship programme. He was joined by a host of other Australians as well.

The new scholarship came into being after University of Wollongong joined hands with the Bradman foundation, which is a charitable trust to primarily promote cricket. Don Bradman is one of the greatest batsmen who has ever played the game of cricket - the only person in the history of Test cricket to finish his career with a batting average of 99.

It is an interesting initiative that has been taken by an University, which is going to please many Indian students in the future, who will get a chance to study in Australia. As the chosen student must have a strong participation in cricket, such a student has a good chance to play cricket at the University level as well in Australia, if he is able to meet the Australian standard of cricket.

This is a second nice gesture shown by Australia towards India after their PM's decision to confer Tendulkar with an award, which seems to be a political move. And for this scholarship, it seems that they are eager to win back Indian students after the violence, which erupted in 2009, where Indians were racially abused. This is only going to strengthen the relations between the two nations.

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