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Scholarships and Bursaries

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From the Principal

The Scots College is one of Australia’s leading independent day and boarding schools. Scots is a learning community where academic rigour, personal integrity, humour and hard work are equally encouraged. We are a school community of high expectations. At the same time, we are devoted to helping students develop intellectual, physical, spiritual, artistic, and personal interests. Our strong emphasis on leadership preparation, constructive service and personal fulfilment combine to challenge and inspire students to reach new levels of inquiry, understanding and achievement. 

We strive to equip our students so that, on leaving school, they possess the skills and values necessary to make a positive contribution to society as responsible adults, while the camaraderie and friendships that are built over the years of attendance at Scots stay with the boys for their entire lives.

The College awards each year a number of Academic and Music scholarships. Based on our Presbyterian and Christian foundation, it has and will continue to be College’s aim to help students whom, without our support, might not be able to avail themselves of the opportunities offered. 

The College also understands that financial considerations may prevent boys from sharing 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.

This following information describes the various awards and application processes. If you have any queries about its contents, please contact the Admissions Office on admissions@tsc.nsw.edu.au

Thank you for your interest in The Scots College's Scholarship and Bursary Program. 


Dr Ian PM Lambert
BA, Grad Dip T, MA, PhD, MACE Principal


Scholarship Information

Scholarships Offered at The Scots College: 

  • Year 7 2021 Academic Scholarships– Level 1 (open to current Scots families and new enrolments)
  • Year 7 2021 Music Scholarships – Level 1 (open to current Scots families and new enrolments)
  • Year 10 2021 Academic Scholarships - Level 2 (open to new enrolments only)
  • Year 10 2021 Music Scholarships – LeveL 2 (open to new enrolments only)

Applicants for all 2021 Academic and Music Scholarships at the College will be required to sit the Scholarship examination on Saturday 29 February 2020 from 8:30am – 12:00pm 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 Education Research (ACER). 

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

Music Scholarships are awarded as a result of the ACER CSTP test, interview and audition.


Registrations for Year 7 and Year 10 2021 Scholarships at The Scots College are now open and registrations will close on Monday 10 February 2020. 

To apply for a 2021 scholarship at The Scots College, please click on the following link: ACER Scholarship Registration.

Arrangements on Testing Day 

The ACER Scholarship Test will be held on Saturday 29 February 2020 from 8:30am – 12:00pm at The Scots College Senior School campus, Victoria Road, Bellevue Hill. Please follow the Scholarship Test signage on Victoria Road. 

Please note that all students must be registered for the ACER Scholarship Test and late arrivals (post 8:50am) will not be admitted. Students should wear comfortable, casual clothing to the testing and bring morning tea, a bottle of water, pencils, an eraser, a ruler and blue or black pens. 

Parents and carers are invited to attend a parent presentation and morning tea at 9:00am in the Coote Theatre. 

Parking is not available on campus and parents are advised to allow extra travel time and park in streets surrounding the College. 

2021 Scholarship Categories – Detailed Information for Download

*This document contains specific audition criteria for those applying for a Music Scholarship. 

2021 Key Scholarship Dates 

Monday 10 February 2020: online ACER applications will close
Saturday 29 February 2020: 2021 ACER Scholarship Test held at The Scots College, 8:30am registration for 9:00am – 12:00pm
March/April 2020: shortlisted candidates interviewed and successful candidates advised
Friday 3 April 2020: results available via ACER for parents to view online. 


For Academic Scholarship enquiries please email admissions@tsc.nsw.edu.au
For Music Scholarship enquiries please email music@tsc.nsw.edu.au

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


RM Farquharson Bursary Information

In order to apply for a Bursary at The Scots College all applicants must have completed the enrolment process and have been offered and accepted a confirmed position at the College for the 2021 academic year.

2021 Key Bursary Dates

Applications for Bursaries for the 2021 Academic Year will open mid-September 2019 and close on Friday 28 February 2020. 

Bursaries are means-tested. They are available to boys entering Years 7 to 11 and provide remission of Tuition and/or Boarding Fees. They differ from Academic Scholarships and are awarded upon consideration of broader criteria. 

These Bursaries are based on a combination of financial need, leadership qualities, academic performance, interview and co-curricular abilities. In particular, country boys who are able to make a positive contribution to the life of the College are encouraged to apply. Please download detailed information regarding Bursaries from the Bursary Information document.

All bursary applications must include the following completed documents in order to be considered: 


For bursary enquiries, please email fees@tsc.nsw.edu.au.

The Scots College All-Rounder Bursary 

The Scots College All-Rounder Bursary is awarded to boys who would otherwise not be able to attend the College. These students would typically apply considerable effort to their studies and would contribute significantly to co-curricular activities within the school. Applicants are assessed on academic results and application, demonstrated leadership potential in creative and performing arts, sport and the community. Bursaries are means tested and preference given to students entering Year 10, however, students in other years may be considered. Expressions of interest are encouraged from families from rural and remote areas as well as metropolitan Sydney. 

Application Process

  1. Send a completed Expression of Interest form to allrounderbursaries@tsc.nsw.edu.au
  2. Bursaries will be assessed internally. Please note that additional information or testing results may be required.
  3. Selected applicants will be invited to attend an interview and will be required to complete academic testing. 
  4. Successful applications will be notified and invited to make application to the College. 

Download the Expression of Interest form

Indigenous Scholarships and Bursaries

The Indigenous Education Program at The Scots College offers 20 scholarship positions in the Senior School with three openings each year in Year 7.  
To apply for an Indigenous Scholarship, download the application information. The $500 registration fee does not apply to Indigenous applicants.
For more information on Indigenous Scholarships and Bursaries, contact Mrs Baressa Frazer, Head of Indigenous Education at b.frazer@tsc.nsw.edu.au.


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