2018 Shanagher Morrison Referee Scholarship Application Now Open

The Scholarship which aims to encourage young referees is now open to applicants. Applications close on the 26th of January.

Boulder, Colo. - USA Rugby has opened the application process for scholarships from the Shanagher Morrison Referee Fund.

The Shanagher Morrison Referee Fund (named after two of USA Rugby's most storied referees) was created to encourage more young people to become referees and is completely donor funded through USA Rugby Trust. The fund covers all costs, including travel and lodging and living expenses, for the recipient to travel and spend an entire season refereeing in a Tier 1 rugby country.

This year, the fund will allow an aspiring referee (with a 'C' rating) to spend the entire 2018 season (late March through August) participating in the South Africa Referee Academy: a "Referee University" based in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

While abroad, the recipient will have the opportunity to learn from and train with some of the best referees in the world. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that offers full immersion in one of the world's top rugby nations!

To apply for this prestigious scholarship, please complete the application by January 26, 2018. Click here to apply

Application requirements:
• 20+ years of age
• A C4, C3, C2 or C1 rating as a referee
• Current membership with USA Rugby
• Two recommendations
• Rugby and officiating resume
• Essay questions

Recipients will be chosen Jan. 31, 2018.

If you are unable to apply but would still like to show your support for the Shanagher Morrison Referee Fund, please consider making a gift today!