Businesswoman Susan Alberti contributed to the new scholarship programme ©Twitter/@SusanAlberti1

Victoria University has announced the inaugural Victoria University Women in Sport Scholarships - with the funding assisted by Susan Alberti, one of Australia's greatest advocates for women's sport.

This initiative will look to support Victoria University in their bid to create "no boundaries" for women in sport, including strengthening career pathways for women.

"Everyone knows I'm passionate about sport, especially when it is used as a vehicle to improve women's health, provide leadership opportunities and create pathways to increase participation on the field, and in the boardrooms," said Alberti.

"I am delighted to show my support by funding these scholarships and wish the inaugural recipients my congratulations."

Each year, two women will receive a scholarship to assist their undergraduate or postgraduate studies in sport at the university and will be able to receive mentoring from an alumni sport community leader.

The first two recipients of the scholarships are Laura Oakley and Zoe Pease.

Oakley is studying outdoor education and environmental science and after past experience led to post-traumatic stress disorder, she is now progressing in the sport of whitewater rafting and kayaking.

She is now looking to prevent workplace harassment and supports other women who have had similar experiences.

Pease also studies the same course as Oakley and is now looking to qualify as a secondary school teacher in sports and outdoor education in a bid to increase the confidence of students having suffered from severe depression as a teenager.

"We are excited and proud to award these scholarships to Laura and Zoe, two committed and enthusiastic women who are making the most of this unique opportunity," added Professor Clare Hanlon, the inaugural Susan Alberti Women in Sport chair.

"Victoria University remains committed to advancing women and girls in sport by creating opportunities for impactful change.

"Determined women like Laura and Zoe have a crucial part to play of shaping the future of women in sport and leadership roles within the sporting industry and Victoria University is helping them along this journey."