Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 - Aim for the Stars

World BMX champion Caroline Buchanan has urged ambitious young Australian women to 'aim for the stars' as she did four years ago with surfing superstar Layne Beachley, who today announced  $80,00 in scholarships on offer from her Foundation.

As applications open today (July 1) for the Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation 2015 scholarships, 2010-11 recipient and now Foundation Ambassador Buchanan is taking a short break at home in Canberra after winning Round 3 of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Berlin.

The Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation inspires and empowers girls and women to achieve their goals. This support includes funding to help them realise their dreams in sporting, academic, community or cultural pursuits, and provided support for Buchanan at a crucial time in her rising career.

Just 12 months later, in 2012, she repaid the faith as she became the first Australian woman to win a Supercross round and went into the London Olympic Games, ranked the number one women's BMX rider in the world. Her star continues to rise this year, winning the national title, Oceania Championship and two of the first three rounds of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup.

“There is no doubt that Layne Beachley has played a significant role in helping me achieve my dreams,” said Caroline.

“It wasn’t just the financial support I received from the Aim for the Stars Foundation scholarship but the mentoring from Layne and the inspiration I drew from the other recipients"

“I am very grateful to Layne for her belief in me and I am really thrilled to be able to repay her by being an Ambassador for such a worthwhile initiative and help to mentor furure scholarship recipients.”

Since its 2003 launch, Beachley’s Foundation has transformed dreams into reality for more than 300 females Australia-wide in a diverse range of areas including opera, ballet, marine science, diving, literacy education, rally driving, BMX, equestrian and hockey.

Beachley is proud to draw on her journey as an elite sportswoman to help further the ambitions of scholarship recipients and ease their financial burden.

“I love inspiring and motivating girls to dare to dream, pursue their passion and aspire to achieve,” said Beachley.

“My desire is to help Aussie girls to focus on achieving their goals and aim for the stars by alleviating those financial pressures which I experienced early in my surfing career"

“Any hard-working female who is committed to pursuing her passion and needs financial support deserves a helping hand and should apply for an Aim for the Stars 2015 Scholarship by the due date.”

Applications close November 14, 2014, and can be completed online at www.aimforthestars.com.au. Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Foundation to eligible applicants who best demonstrate their aspirations and need.

 WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

  • Females, 12 years of age and above; and
  • Females who have initiative and passion and are committed to achieving a dream in their field of choice.

Aim for the Stars National Scholarships will be broken down into five State groups:
1.       Queensland

2.       New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory

3.       South Australia/Northern Territory

4.       Victoria/Tasmania

5.       Western Australia

The Foundation will endeavor to award at least 3 x Scholarships per region.

WHAT THE SCHOLARSHIP INVOLVES

Successful applicants will receive a financial grant in accordance with the following amounts and conditions:

  • $4,000 – ‘Individual’ Scholarship, 1 person 12 years and above
  • $6,000 – ‘Group’ Scholarship, 2 or more people 12 years and above

Scholarship recipients may be asked to contribute to the Aim for the Stars website by way of photos, interviews and stories about their quest to reach their goals.

Website and online applications: www.aimforthestars.com.au

Facebook: www.facebook.com/aimforthestarsfoundation

For more information, high resolution images or an interview with Layne Beachley or a scholarship recipient please contact:

Megan McGrath 

General Manager, The Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation      

M: 0422 600 733   

E: [email protected]          

Tracie Edmondson

Media Relations, The Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation

M: 0416 258 342