Originally Posted by Goughy
I dont get the mentality to make "scholarship" students pay their money back. Its quite clear that these are not loans.
It is scholarships for elite level athetes not just any scrub. This is an investment in events of national importance and prestige. AIS exists primarily for national pride purposes. Id argue that the numbers are so few and the pay back to the nation in terms of global recognition and entertainment far outweighs the cost.
Does AIS exist to help kids become good athletes for their personal benefit or does AIS exist because there is a public expectation of a high level of athletic performance and Australians derive national pride and identity from success in sports?
Not the same I know but: I got a scholarship from the EU to do my Masters. Ive since left the EU and have no plans to ever work there. Im under no obligations to pay it back and if I had been then I would have thought twice about doing it.
^^^ this is the exact reason they don't have to pay it back, and honestly its a pretty compelling one. However it would be good if a donation was made to grassroots development "in apreciation" of the support given to achieve a succesful career, much like those who go to snobby private schools tend to do.