The Gillard Government has announced it will provide $3 million in funding for scholarships for kids in honour of Jim Stynes.
The former Melbourne Demons player died on Tuesday, aged 45.
As a partner in the new scholarship program, the AFL will provide an annual contribution of $150,000 a year for the next five years.
The scholarships will be administered by Reach and the AFL in partnership with the government.
The Federal Minister for Sport Kate Lundy announced the scheme today.
It involves 37 scholarships a year for young kids who come from indigenous or multicultural backgrounds, or from disadvantaged backgrounds.
“Jim Stynes was a man who inspired AFL fans across the nation. But off the football field, Jim was also a man who fought for a better life for thousands of Australian kids,” a statement from Minister Lundy read.
The Gillard Government will provide $3 million to establish the scheme, to be known as the Jim Stynes Achievement Scholarships.