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Indigenous Scholarships in Perth

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Scotch College is a modern, progressive and successful independent school for boys. The College is committed to providing educational opportunities to Indigenous boys from Years 7–12 and beyond.

The Indigenous Scholarships, along with ABSTUDY and parent contributions, cover tuition and boarding fees from Year 7 through to Year 12. Parents or guardians are required to contribute financially to the boys' social activities and events as well as extra-curricular items such as musical instrument hire.

Applicants will be chosen according to current academic progress and proven application to study, willingness to contribute to their community, interaction and leadership qualities. Eligibility for ABSTUDY will also be taken into consideration.

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


Contact us today

If you would like to find out more about Scotch College’s Indigenous Scholarships, please get in touch with our Indigenous Student Programme Coordinator Micheal Spratt at indigenousprogramme@scotch.wa.edu.au or call +61 8 9383 6800 today.

Our 2022 Scholarships are now open until Wednesday 30 June 2021.


Eligibility

Students must be or Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, and should have sufficient self-confidence and personal support to enter a new school at Year 7/8 with the intention of continuing to Year 12.

Selection criteria

Academic levels and achievements of a student are considered but are not the predominant criteria for selection. Selection for the Indigenous Scholarship is based on consideration of the following criteria:

Academic — students should demonstrate:

  • Sufficient study skills to cope with the demands of the curriculum
  • Good work habits, for example, completing homework, preparedness to tackle new work
  • Interest in learning
  • Sound literacy and numeracy levels

Commitment — students must demonstrate a preparedness to commit to stay at the College until the completion of Year 12.

Attitude — students must demonstrate a positive attitude to learning, 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 support of their family and/or community. This will require emotional support and some contribution to financial support. The level of financial contribution is reviewed on an individual and highly confidential basis, with the expectation that families/communities will contribute according to their capacity. The scholarship does cover the provision of uniform (except footwear), textbooks, IT equipment however it does not cover pocket money or other voluntary school activities including excursions, camps and tours. Families are expected to participate in school programmes/information sessions, etc. as much as distance and travel permits and be supportive of their son's education.


Apply now for an Indigenous Scholarship

Please complete the below two application forms and submit them together 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, paediatrician, speech/occupational therapist reports or other professional reports relevant to your son.

Application forms

Parent or guardian to complete

Indigenous Secondary Scholarship – Application Part One

Applicant to complete

Indigenous Secondary Scholarship – Application Part Two

Please find a PDF version of the application form below, should you require the form in that format. The form is identical to the online versions above.

Indigenous Secondary Scholarship – Application Part One & Two [PDF]


MADALAH

MADALAH Limited 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 (NIAA). We are a partner school with MADALAH and therefore enrolled students may be eligible.

Learn about MADALAH


Scotch College Indigenous Network

The Scotch College Indigenous Network (SCIN) is a student group which has grown rapidly over the past eight years. In that time the College has had 50 Indigenous students complete Year 12. Currently the College has 34 Indigenous boys attending the College, 28 of whom are residing in our boarding facilities and six who are day boys. In the past eight years, the Scotch College Indigenous programme has celebrated a 98% WACE graduation rate.

The Indigenous students at the College are well supported by our Programme Coordinator, an Indigenous Student Mentor, as well as eight part-time Indigenous student tutors who come and work with our boys in the evenings to complement the learning that occurs in class during the day. The College is committed to improve our Indigenous programme as well as raising cultural awareness through our Reconciliation Action Plan.

We celebrate Indigenous culture throughout the year, including during the Indigenous Round, NAIDOC Week and Sorry Day.

Reconciliation Vision

The community of Scotch College 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

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Micheal Spratt

Indigenous Student Programme Coordinator
micheal.spratt@scotch.wa.edu.au 
+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.

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