$40,000 from OUSA helps students

Student clubs and societies endeavours have benefited from about $40,000 worth of financial assistance made available by the Otago University Students' Association, this year.

OUSA president Logan Edgar said the grants scheme had helped about 100 university-affiliated groups with their goals outside of study.

OUSA clubs and societies grants were to help members "get a leg up" in extracurricular pursuits.

"It's designed to help as many students as possible follow their non-academic dream to complement their academic goals," he said.

University clubs and societies are able to apply through the year for the grants, which are distributed six times a year.

The financial grants enabled individual athletes and sports teams to travel to compete at events, while the funds also assisted groups and societies to hold events for club members, Mr Edgar said.

Grant recipients this year have included national junior hockey representatives, youth workers, and international rowers.

The OUSA debating club is one of the most recent associations to benefit from the scheme, receiving funds of $3000 to assist with travel costs to compete at the World University Debating Championships in the Philippines at the end of this month.

The OUSA wished to "maintain its tradition" of supporting non-academic achievement next year, even as voluntary student association membership came into effect, Mr Edgar said.


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