Each year, the College awards a number of Academic and Music scholarships. It is our aim to help students who, without our support, might not be able to avail themselves of the opportunities offered. We also understand that financial considerations may prevent boys from sharing in the experiences that we offer. In response to these considerations, the College also offer a number of bursaries, primarily for those parents facing financial hardship.


Applications for Academic and Music Scholarships in 2024 at The Scots College will open on Tuesday 27 September 2022 and close at midnight on Monday 6 February 2023.

Scholarships Offered at The Scots College: 

  • Year 7 2024 Academic Scholarships – Level 1 (open to current Scots families and new enrolments)
  • Year 7 2024 Music Scholarships – Level 1 (open to current Scots families and new enrolments)
  • Year 10 2024 Academic Scholarships – Level 2 (open to new enrolments only)
  • Year 10 2024 Music Scholarships – Level 2 (open to new enrolments only).

For families interested in Scots Indigenous Education Scholarships, more information here: Indigenous Education Scholarships.

Scholarship Process

Applicants for all 2024 Academic and Music Scholarships at The Scots College are required to undertake the ACER Cooperative Scholarship Examination on Saturday 25 February 2023 from 8:00am to 12:00pm.

The ACER scholarship examination will be held at The Scots College Senior School campus, Victoria Road, Bellevue Hill.

The examination is conducted as part of the Cooperative Scholarship Testing Program (CSTP) administered by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

Academic Scholarships may be full or partial scholarships and are awarded as a result of the ACER examination and interview.

Music Scholarships may be full or partial scholarships and are awarded as a result of the ACER examination, interview and audition. Please click here for more information regarding Music Scholarships.

Academic and Music Scholarships at The Scots College are leadership positions. Scholars must demonstrate a deep commitment to their academics through a top ranking in the ACER examination results, strong performance in the interview and a portfolio of achievements and passions. Please note that the ACER exam is set above the current year level curriculum, and strong NAPLAN and classroom results are not necessarily an indicator of performance in the ACER examination.

ACER examination results will be communicated by ACER to registered families on Friday 7 April 2023.


Registrations for Year 7 and Year 10 2024 Scholarships at The Scots College will open on Tuesday 27 September 2022 via the ACER Website Registration link.

An application fee of $130 per student is payable.

Registrations for 2024 scholarship applications will close on Monday 6 February 2023. Late applications cannot be accommodated.


In order to apply for a bursary at The Scots College, applicants must have completed the enrolment process, and have been offered and accepted a confirmed position at the College for the upcoming academic year.

Students can apply for the following bursaries:

  • RM Farquharson Bursary
  • The Scots College All-Rounder Bursaries
  • Boarding Bursary
  • Indigenous Bursary

For more information regarding each bursary, download Scots’ General Tuition and Boarding Bursaries.

Bursaries are available to boys entering Years 7 to 11 and provide exemption of tuition and/or boarding fees. Bursaries are awarded based on a range of criteria, including financial need (means tested), leadership qualities, academic performance, interview and co-curricular abilities.

Bursary applicants are required to complete and send to the College:

Applications for boarding bursaries for 2023 remain open.

Please discuss with the Director of Boarding, Mr Justin McInnes at j.mcinnes@scots.college before completing an application form.


For Academic Scholarship enquiries please email admissions@scots.college.

For Music Scholarship enquiries please email music@scots.college.

For a Boarding Bursary please email Director of Boarding, Mr Justin McInnes at j.mcinnes@scots.college.

For more information on Indigenous Scholarships and Bursaries, contact Head of Indigenous Education, Ms Justine Kolliou at j.kolliou@scots.college.

For ACER Scholarship registration enquiries please contact the ACER Parent Helpline on 1300 768 952.

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William Elder


Mr Alan Elder was born in Scotland and migrated to Australia with his parents at a young age. He attended The Scots College for all his schooling, graduating in 1944. He played 1st XI Cricket and was a member of the College Cadet Unit. After leaving school Mr Elder studied accountancy and retained a life-long love of the College, especially the Pipes and Drums. Mr Elder never married, however the significant bequest he left will allow his Scots family to remember him through the Lang Walker Business Centre.