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Indigenous Scholarships in Perth

Applications for 2023 are open now

Scotch is a progressive independent school for boys. We are committed to providing educational opportunities to Indigenous boys from Years 7–12 and beyond.

In partnership with MADALAH and ABSTUDY, our Indigenous Scholarships cover tuition, boarding fees, uniforms, camps and extra-curricular activities from Year 7 through to Year 12. We require parents or guardians to contribute a small amount towards tuition fees each year based on their annual income.

We look for applicants who are passionate members of their community and will embrace the opportunities that Scotch offers. Applicants must demonstrate academic proficiency and a strong work ethic.

While our preferred entry year for Indigenous Scholarship recipients is Year 7, we welcome applications from outstanding students outside of this age group.

Our 2023 Indigenous Scholarships are now open until 30 June 2022.

Contact us today

If you would like to find out more about Scotch College's Indigenous Scholarships, please get in touch with our Head of Boarding Jordan Owenell at or call +61 8 9383 6800 today.


Students must be of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

We look for applicants with the self-confidence and family support needed to board at a new school from Year 7 or 8 with the intention of continuing to Year 12.

Applicants must also successfully apply for a MADALAH scholarship, in addition to applying for Scotch's Indigenous Scholarship. Apply now for a MADALAH scholarship.

Selection criteria

While students' academic levels and achievements are considered they are not the only criteria for selection. Applicants are selected based on the following criteria:


Students must demonstrate:

  • Sound literacy and numeracy levels
  • Good work habits, including organisation and initiative
  • An interest in learning


Students must demonstrate resilience and persistence, and a commitment to completing their schooling through to Year 12.


Students must demonstrate a positive attitude to learning and co-curricular pursuits, such as Sport or the Arts. They must be able to adjust to and respond positively to the school environment and have the social skills and confidence to relate well to others.

Parental or guardian support

Students must have the emotional support of their family and/or community. Parents or guardians are also required to contribute a small amount towards tuition fees each year based on their annual income. The minimum annual parent or guardian contribution is $4,000.

Each family's financial contribution is determined on an individual and highly confidential basis, according to their financial capacity.

The scholarship covers uniforms (excluding footwear), textbooks, IT equipment, excursions and camps. However, it does not cover pocket money or other voluntary school activities, including school tours.

Families are expected to participate in school programmes or information sessions, as distance and travel permits, and support the school's values and expectations of Scotch students.

Apply now

Please complete the below application form and submit them along with the applicant's:

  • Last two school reports
  • Copies of their Year 5 and/or Year 7 National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)
  • Two letters of reference (one from the applicant's current school principal and a character reference)
  • Proof of Aboriginality
  • Any psycho-educational, pediatrician, speech/occupational therapist reports or other professional reports relevant to your son

Application form

Indigenous Secondary Scholarship Application Form [PDF]

Please download and complete the above application form.

All applications can be submitted via post or email to:

Jordan Owenell
Head of Boarding
Scotch College
PO Box 223


MADALAH is a not-for-profit organisation that offers secondary and tertiary education scholarships for Indigenous students, primarily from remote and regional communities, to WA's leading boarding schools and Australian universities. MADALAH secondary scholarships provide support to students from Years 7–12.

These scholarships are administered by MADALAH on behalf of the National Indigenous Australians Agency. We are a partner school with MADALAH and therefore enrolled students may be eligible.

Learn about MADALAH

Scotch College Indigenous Network

Scotch College Indigenous Network is a student advocacy group and leadership programme for all Indigenous students at Scotch.

SCIN is supported by our Indigenous Student Programme Coordinator, Indigenous Student Mentor, Indigenous student tutors and Boarding staff. Our student tutors provide homework and pastoral support in the evenings. Scotch's Indigenous programme holds a 98% WACE graduation rate.

Scotch celebrates Indigenous culture throughout the year, including during the Indigenous Round, NAIDOC Week and Sorry Day. We are committed to improve our Indigenous programme and raise cultural awareness through our Reconciliation Action Plan.

Currently there are 26 Indigenous students at Scotch, including 21 boarders and five day boys.

Reconciliation Vision

Scotch College's community brings a wide range of cultural backgrounds and experiences to reconciliation. Through open and thoughtful conversations, we seek to increase our pupils' understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and experiences, and to inspire further explorations of reconciliation.

Our team


Micheal Spratt

Indigenous Student Programme Coordinator 
+61 8 9460 6913 

Micheal is a Noongar Yamatji man living in Perth. He attended and worked at Wesley College within the Indigenous programme, enabling an understanding from both a student and a leaders' perspective.

Whilst involved in the programme at Wesley College, Micheal learned about and practised Indigenous culture. He believes that having a strong sense of culture equipped him with the ability to succeed. Micheal strives to engage with and impart knowledge about Indigenous culture to non-Indigenous people. He hopes to empower young Indigenous people to become the next leaders and achieve personal success.

Micheal is passionate about Indigenous dancing and playing the digeridoo, and his talent has taken him abroad to perform in the UK and Scotland.