Indigenous Scholarships

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 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 in 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.

Please get in touch with our Admissions team to register your interest on +61 8 9383 6946 or

Our 2022 Scholarships will formally open on Monday 1 February 2021.


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. For more information please visit their website.

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.

Activities such as the Indigenous Round, NAIDOC Week and Sorry Day are all celebrations of Indigenous culture at the College and within our community.

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.


Students must be regarded as Indigenous Australians 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 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, e.g. 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.

How to apply

Complete the enclosed application form and include:

  • Two most recent school reports of applicant.
  • Two letters of reference, one from applicant's current school principal, one character reference.
  • NAPLAN Test results for Year 5.
  • Completion of applicant's form including a letter explaining why he feels he should receive this scholarship.
  • Information from professionals pertaining to your son's academic, medical and social progress where progress where applicable, including what plans currently exist for your son's academic support or enrichment.


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