We recognise excellence and potential by offering a range of scholarships, supporting students in the completion of their primary and secondary studies to the highest standard possible.

Strathcona will offer a number of Academic and Music scholarships to students either currently enrolled or entering the School in 2018.

Academic Scholarships

Applications for Academic Scholarships for entry into Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in 2018 are now closed.

Scholarships are offered to candidates who meet the required standard as indicated by the results of the examination. The highest percentage offered is 80% of tuition fees. This sometimes translates into a greater number of part scholarships if a large number of students achieve at a high level. The duration of awarded scholarships is for the remaining years through to the completion of the VCE, provided progress and performance are maintained at a high standard.

Please note: Candidates must hold an Australian Birth Certificate, Australian Citizenship or Permanent Resident Visa to apply for a scholarship. Evidence of this must be sent with a copy of your daughter’s latest school report and NAPLAN results for the attention of: Mrs Joanne Wilson, Director of School & Community Relations, Strathcona BGGS, 34 Scott Street, Canterbury, 3126.


General Excellence Scholarships

Applications for General Excellence Scholarships for entry in 2018 are now closed.

Past achievements and future promise are considered when awarding General Excellence Scholarships. Applicants should have strong academic ability and must display qualities consistent with the ethos of Strathcona. Students who excel in an area such as visual and creative arts, performing arts, sport, leadership/community or general academic excellence are encouraged to apply.

Students applying for these scholarships must sit an Edutest exam (depending on the year level being applied for), submit past school reports and NAPLAN results and additional supporting information as required during the application process.


Music Scholarships

Applications are now closed for Music Scholarships for entry in 2018.

Music scholarships are awarded following audition and interview with the Music Director. Orchestral instruments are preferred, although pianists and singers of excellence may be considered. Evidence of strong academic ability is also required.

The value of the scholarship is 50% remission of tuition fees for the duration of the student’s schooling at Strathcona and the cost of music tuition for one instrument, subject to continuing satisfactory performance.

The minimum standard of playing expected for Piano/Strings/Woodwind is Grade 5 AMEB/Trinity-Guildhall for entry at Years 9 and 10. For entry at other years Grade 4 standard (completed examination or currently enrolled for an examination) is anticipated. The standard for Brass and Voice is anticipated at a minimum of Grade 3 AMEB/Trinity-Guildhall. It is not expected that younger vocal students have completed a Grade 3 examination. Low brass, low woodwind and string instrumentalists are particularly encouraged to audition.

Three contrasting works are required to be performed as well as a set work. Upon application the set work will be provided to the student. If a student is presenting two instruments, only two contrasting works are required as well as the set piece on the main instrument and one piece on the second instrument. Aural tests will also form part of the audition. Please note that the School will not provide an accompanist and it is preferred that instrumentalists perform at least one work with an accompanist.


The Beth MacLaren Smallwood Scholarship – Hearing Impaired

The Beth MacLaren Smallwood Scholarship was established by a former student of Strathcona, the late Mrs Beth Smallwood (nee MacLaren). The recipient will be a girl with significant hearing impairment who would benefit from an education at Strathcona BGGS. The recipient of the Scholarship will be determined by interview and, dependent on financial circumstances, will be valued at up to 80% of the tuition fees in any one year. The Scholarship shall be available to each scholar for the period of her enrolment, subject to satisfactory conduct and progress.

  • Applications for the Beth MacLaren Smallwood Scholarship, 2017 entry, are now open. Please download the application form and submit to the The Principal with your daughter’s most recent school report and an outline of the nature and extent of her hearing impairment.

Ruth Bunyan Scholarship

This is a means tested scholarship held by only one student at any given time. Evidence of academic achievement would be required through testing and reports. It provides up to 50% remission on tuition fees.

The Old Strathconian Association Scholarship

Applications for 2018 entry are now open.

The Old Strathconian Association Scholarship is intended to assist the daughter, granddaughter or other family member of an Old Strathconian with the completion of Years 11 and 12 at Strathcona. Full details and an application form can be found on the OSA page.

Terms & Conditions of Scholarships

Scholarship holders are to comply with the School’s expectations of conduct, performance and participation in some of the co-curricular activities offered – and to use their special talents to contribute to the wider life of the School as appropriate. Scholarship holders are expected to complete their secondary education at Strathcona. It follows that if a Scholarship holder is withdrawn from the School for reasons other than family re-location or hardship, the full amount of fee remissions allowed may be deemed payable, at the sole discretion of the School.