Don Burgess International Scholarship
Don Burgess’ lifetime career in rugby on Vancouver Island showcased his skills as a stunning player and brilliant coach. His rugby magic brought success to the teams he played with or coached, and earned him headlines in the British press, such as “Burgess Superb” and “Brilliant Burgess.”
Don came to Western Washington State College in 1957 on a track scholarship. He held the mile record for many years and was instrumental in getting the game of rugby on campus. He became a lifelong supporter of rugby at WWU until his passing in 2018 at the age of 85.
In Partnership With:
All of the funds raised for this scholarship come directly from the budget of the USRF and its supporters.
$15,930 awarded evenly across Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters for the selected student athlete.
Who is Eligible
One international student with an elite background in rugby, residing outside the US will be awarded this scholarship annually.
Student athletes must submit a letter of application to theWestern Rugby Alumni (WRA).
Scholarship applications must be completed in the Spring prior to Fall enrollment.