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HeartKids-Drakes Supermarkets Scholarship Program

Do you need support to help follow your dreams?

The HeartKids-Drakes Supermarkets Scholarships are available to children with congenital or childhood acquired heart disease (CHD), living in South Australia and Queensland, where Drakes Supermarkets are located.  These scholarships are to help further develop skills or talents, allowing you to achieve your full potential and to follow your life aspirations.

About the program

Individual scholarships will be awarded to successful applicants across SA & Qld, ranging from $1,000 to a maximum of $5,000 per application. Only one application per applicant, per year. The total amount available to be awarded is $40,000.

Applications are accepted for children and young adults between the ages of 10 to 24 who have congenital, or childhood acquired heart disease. The scholarships focus areas include the Arts, Sport, Science and Education / Business.

The scholarships are not to cover standard fees or tuition, but additional training, equipment, excursions, camps or other, that will assist the applicant to achieve their full potential and aspirations in their chosen fields. 

Please read the terms and conditions below to ensure you qualify for these grants.

Items funded can include:
  • Equipment (e.g. art supplies, sports wheelchairs, sporting equipment, musical instruments, technology)
  • Tuition for specialist courses/training (including intensive programs/summer school programs)
  • Competition, Entry, or Audition Fees (that will provide a new opportunity to achieve your goals)
  • Travel Costs
  • Cost of skilled-based courses (e.g. advanced art classes, skills development sport or science camps, or business/education conferences or specific skills training like programs or forklift driving etc.)

Note: Scholarships do not cover ongoing funding (repairs and maintenance), salaries, research, carer’s expenses, general and cash donations, retrospective funding, or standard school/tutoring fees.

Applications open Monday 28th August 2023

Closing Date: Sunday 1st October 2023 (9pm AEST)

Successful application announced: Monday 16th October 2023

Scholarships are available in the following areas:
  • Visual Arts (e.g. drawing, painting, sculpture, crafts, photography)
  • Performing arts (e.g. music/instruments, singing, dancing, musical theatre/acting).
  • Sports (e.g. basketball, athletics, tennis, swimming, golf, football, wheelchair or paralympic sports
  • University-based science conferences
  • Specialised education/tutoring or field trips
  • Mentoring activities with scientists or health professionals.
Education/ Business
  • Extracurricular tuition for academic pursuits (e.g., maths, physics, information technology)
  • Specialist education courses/tertiary study
  • Business
  • Traineeships/ Apprenticeships

Application Form 10- 17 year olds Application Form 18 - 24 year olds 

Applications for those between 10 and 17 years old need to be completed by the parent or guardian.

Meet Poppy

Poppy was born with a Ventricular Septal Defect, but this 13-year-old is not letting a congenital heart condition get in the way of her passion for Inline Hockey.

She was one the winners of the inaugural HeartKids / Drakes Supermarkets Scholarship.  The scholarship assisted her to purchase equipment required to represent the sport at state, national and international levels.

She is considered one of the best players of her age in the country.  She trains on the shooting lane daily, in the rink 5 times per week and watches professional level hockey to learn the intellectual side of the game. 

So, what has she been up to over the last 12 months?

Poppy (and her brother Elijah) were selected to represent Australia in The State Wars 19 USA Roller Hockey Championship held in Fort Wayne Indiana.

  • She was awarded a leadership role as Assistant Captain where she helped lead the 2009 team as well as playing in the 2008 team, playing up into both divisions.
  • She drew attention of the pro leg professionals with the statement regarding her “great tenacity and never quit attitude”.
  • The team won Bronze in 2009 division in what was a nail-biting game.
  • Poppy was also awarded the Team Honour award.

Poppy has also been busy playing Ice hockey in Melbourne after being drafted into the first ever women professional pro league!

  • She is the youngest female hockey player to play at just 13 years old in a 14 and up women's team.
  • She plays for the Infernos, wearing number 38.

She also made the National ice hockey Team for SA Ginsburg and the National Inline Hockey team for VIC. 

The family is about to relocate to Melbourne to continue to support both of their children’s sporting endeavours.

HeartKids and Drakes Supermarkets are very proud of Poppy and will continue to cheer her on in the future.   

And what is Poppy doing next?  She is looking forward to the HeartKids Teen camp in September, for some good old fun and connecting with other heart teens.

If you live in South Australia or Queensland, and your heart kid dreams of achieving great things in their chosen field, then consider lodging an application for the HeartKids-Drakes Supermarkets Scholarships.

If you have any questions, please email HeartKids SA/NT State Manager, Tania Potts, at tania.potts@heartkids.org.au or call the SA Office on 08 8269 3122.

Application Check-List

Before starting your application check that you have the following information:

  • Covering letter outlining your skills/talent area, your reasons for applying, what you would use the funding to support.
  • Two letters of support from coaches, teachers, or other, outlining your aptitude in this area and how the course, camp, equipment, etc would assist you in reaching your goals.
  • Quotes or documented evidence of funding that is required.
  • A copy of recent utilities or other documentation confirming your current name and address.
Terms and Conditions

1. Applications may be made on behalf of an individual child between the ages of 10 to 24, who have experienced congenital or childhood acquired heart disease. The child must display an existing talent or commitment in the areas of the arts, business, sport, science, and education

2. Applications must be made on behalf of children or by young adults who are permanent residents of South Australia and Queensland.

3. Scholarship Grants of $1,000.00 upwards will be considered but limited to $5,000 per year, per application. Only one application, per applicant, per year.

4. Scholarships do not cover ongoing funding (repairs and maintenance), salaries, research, carer’s expenses, general and cash donations, retrospective funding, or standard school/tutoring fees.

5. Scholarships are only awarded on the basis of merit. HeartKids and Drakes reserve the right to close the Scholarship Application round without choosing a successful Grant recipient, as deemed appropriate by the Grants Committee.

6. The Scholarship Application form must be fully completed, and the following information must be attached to each Application:

a) One copy of a recent notice or document that includes your name and address (e.g., copy of drivers’ licence, vehicle registration, electricity bill, phone bill, rates notice, bank or credit card statement – select only one document).

b) Two supporting letters from professional sources (e.g., coach, educator, doctor, social worker, or other professionals) stating why the Scholarship would be of benefit to the child and why the child is worthy of the Scholarship. The letter might also mention how the child has demonstrated a commitment to their chosen area of interest; the child’s diagnosis (for children with a disability or special needs); or any achievements thus far.

c) Documented evidence of the funding required. For example, printouts/quotes for competition entry fees, tuition costs, equipment costs. Where possible, two quotes should be attached for each request for funding. The quotes must be less than two months old and include GST and freight charges, if applicable. The two-quote rule can be varied if: · The child’s family is in a remote area and there is only one supplier nearby. · There is only one supplier of the goods, course or training required. · When all other things are equal, and only the price is affected, HeartKids and Drakes will only pay for the most competitive of the quotes presented.

7. For the area of interest that requires funding, evidence of any achievements and commitment to the chosen area should be demonstrated in writing (as per the application form).

8. Scholarship applications will be forwarded to the HeartKids-Drakes Grants Committee for careful consideration and decision.

9. If further information or clarification is required regarding a child’s Scholarship Application, the parent/guardian will be contacted by HeartKids staff.

10. If the Application is approved, funds will be paid directly to the supplier on receipt of its invoice. No payment will be made directly to the child or family, nor will cash payments be made.

11. If the scholarship is awarded for the purchase of equipment, when the equipment is delivered, the ownership is transferred directly from the supplier to the child or family. As HeartKids and Drakes is not the owner of the equipment, it is not liable for any ongoing maintenance or insurance.

12. Equipment and services granted cannot be varied without the prior consent of the Committee.

13. HeartKids and Drakes will acknowledge receipt of your Scholarship Application by email or letter. If further information is required from you, a HeartKids representative will contact you in due course.

14. All Applications are assessed by an independent Grants Committee, which usually meets at the beginning of every month. The HeartKids and Drakes Committee will try to assess all applications quickly, however some requests may take between eight to twelve weeks for a decision to be made.

15. Successful Scholarships will be awarded at a luncheon ceremony.

16. For successful applicants, HeartKids and Drakes requests that the child’s parent/guardian provide at least two updates of the child’s progress within six to 12 months after receiving Scholarship Grant funding.

Application Form 10- 17 year olds Application Form 18 - 24 year olds