Scholarships

Scholarships and Bursaries

Leading the way in girls’ education, St Hilda’s is committed to providing young women with the opportunity to shine. St Hilda’s looks at the ‘whole of girl’ including academics, values, achievements outside the classroom and contribution to the school and broader community. St Hilda’s offers a range of Scholarships and Bursaries including:

  • Academic and General Excellence Scholarships
  • Needs-Based General Excellence Bursaries
  • Boarding Scholarships
  • Indigenous Scholarships
  • Old Scholars Association Scholarships

Girls who show a commitment to academic excellence, together with a strength in a particular field are encouraged to apply. 

Further information on available scholarships and bursaries can be found below.

All applications for Academic and General Excellence Scholarships, Needs-Based Bursaries and Indigenous Scholarships for 2025 have now closed.

FAQs

Who is eligible to apply for a scholarship or bursary?

To be eligible for a scholarship or bursary at St Hilda’s applicants must be:

  • a new student entering into Year 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11 in 2025
  • a current student entering into Year 7 in 2025

Applicants must be Australian or New Zealand citizens or holders of an Australian Permanent Resident Visa.

What are the key dates?

Key Dates

4 February 2024 5pm (AWST) – Applications Close

9 February 2024 – Testing Morning

12 to 26 February – Applications Reviewed

26 February onwards – Shortlisted applicants’ interviews

Start of Term 2 – 2025 Scholarship/Bursary program finalised

Please Note: The closing date for Indigenous Scholarships is 4pm Friday 14 June 2024. Applications will be reviewed after this date.

What documentation is required to apply for a scholarship/bursary?

All applicants are required to submit an online application.

The following information is required when applying:

  • Personal details
  • Last NAPLAN results (External Applicants Only)
  • Last two school reports (External Applicants Only)
  • Handwritten letter
  • Area of Excellence
  • Needs-based applicants must be under a combined income of $200,000 to apply. Full financials will be required should the applicant be shortlisted.

Is there a cost to apply for a scholarship/bursary?

A non-refundable $150 administration fee is payable to process Academic and General Excellence, OSA and Boarding scholarship applications. This fee is payable at the time of submitting your application.

Needs-based General Excellence bursaries and Indigenous Scholarships are excluded from paying this fee.

How many scholarships/bursaries are awarded?

The number of scholarships/bursaries awarded varies from year to year and is at the discretion of the Principal.

When do I find out if my daughter has received a scholarship/bursary?

We will notify all families of the outcome of their daughter’s application as soon as the process has been finalised.

Do you offer scholarships for Sport and the Arts?

Achievements in these areas are considered under the Academic and General Excellence scholarships.

What does the testing day entail?

All applicants must attend the testing day on Friday 9 February at 9.00am.

Learner profiling is a series of tests that provide the School with insight into how the students think and learn. They are linked to reasoning, problem-solving and critical thinking. It is not a test you can study for, nor does it need any preparation.

The testing will be conducted at St Hilda’s Bay View Campus.

Whilst the students are taking the test, parents will be invited to meet with the Principal and tour the Senior School campus with some members of our Leadership Team and Admissions Staff.

The testing is expected to be finished by 10.30am.

Further details will be sent to all applicants.

Please Note: Applicants applying for an Indigenous Scholarship do not need to sit the test.

Can my daughter sit the test on another day?

If your daughter is unable to sit the exam on the specified date, we are unfortunately unable to offer alternative arrangements.  Under specific circumstances, a refund of the $150 application fee may be considered.

Can my daughter sit the test remotely?

If you live more than 400km away from the school, we will ask that you provide the contact details of your daughter’s current school and will liaise with the designated staff member to arrange the remote testing.

Will the testing results be provided?

No. Testing results will not be shared with applicants.

What are the values of scholarships?

Needs-based bursaries cover between 50% – 100% of the tuition fees.

Academic and General Excellence and Boarding scholarships will vary in value and will only cover part of the fees. Values are at the discretion of the Principal.

What is the duration of the Scholarship/Bursary?

Scholarships and Bursaries are tenable for the duration of a girl’s education at St Hilda’s. They are subject to satisfactory academic performance, conduct and contribution to school life.

Is my daughter more likely to receive a scholarship if I haven’t already confirmed her position at St Hilda’s?

Your daughter’s enrolment status will not impact the decision to award her a scholarship. Scholarships may be awarded to girls who have already confirmed their place at the school for the future, and to those who have not applied. Some families wish to confirm their daughter’s position before the scholarship testing; others prefer to take a chance and wait, knowing that it could be too late to secure a place if their daughter doesn’t receive a scholarship. This is an individual choice that each family must make.

Will late applications be accepted?

No.  All applications* must be received by Sunday 4 February, 5:00pm (AWST).

We encourage you to submit the online application at least 48 hours before the deadline to ensure that you do not have any last-minute issues with your submission.

*The closing date for Indigenous Scholarships is 4pm Friday 14 June 2024.

I am having problems submitting my application on the website.

We encourage you to submit the online application at least 48 hours before the deadline to ensure that you do not have any last-minute issues with your submission. If you are unable to submit the online form due to technical issues, please take a screenshot of the issue and email: Scholarships@sthildas.wa.edu.au

Academic and General Excellence Scholarships

As a leading girls' school in education, excellence is a fundamental value at St Hilda's.
Academic and General Excellence scholarships for girls are awarded to students who are committed to their studies and strive for excellence. They are based on a student's ability to thrive academically, as well as shining in a particular field.

Academic and General Excellence Scholarship - Year 7 Entry (Internal & External Applicants)

Academic and General Excellence scholarships are awarded based on a student’s ability to thrive academically and shine in an area of interest e.g. music, sport, dance/drama, community service.

A St Hilda’s Academic and General Excellence Scholarship covers a reduction in tuition fees and is tenable for the duration of a girl’s education at St Hilda’s (subject to satisfactory academic performance and contribution to school life).

Academic and General Excellence Scholarships - Years 8, 9 and 11 Entry (External Applicants Only)

Academic and General Excellence scholarships are awarded based on a student’s ability to thrive academically and shine in an area of interest e.g. music, sport, dance/drama, community service.

A St Hilda’s Academic and General Excellence Scholarship covers a reduction in tuition fees and is tenable for the duration of a girl’s education at St Hilda’s (subject to satisfactory academic performance and contribution to school life).

Needs-Based Bursaries

In 2020, St Hilda’s shifted its focus to providing students who may not have the means to attend but would flourish in our learning environment, the opportunity to experience a St Hilda’s education.

Hughes Millard Family Bursary - Years 7 or 8 Entry (External Applicants Only)

The Hughes Millard Family Bursary is available to students entering Year 7 or 8 who would not otherwise be able to attend St Hilda’s for financial reasons. This bursary is awarded based on a student’s ability to thrive academically and shine in an area of interest e.g. music, sport, dance/drama, community service. 

The Hughes Millard Family Bursary covers up to 100% of tuition fees and is tenable for the duration of a girl’s education at St Hilda’s (subject to satisfactory academic performance and contribution to school life). 

Please Note: Should an applicant be shortlisted, the family will be required to provide full financials to the School (which will be kept in strict confidence) in order to qualify.

JB 'Pete' Craig Bursary - Year 10 or 11 Entry (External Applicants Only)

The JB ‘Pete’ Craig Scholarship is available to students entering Year 10 or 11 who would not otherwise be able to attend St Hilda’s for financial reasons. This bursary is awarded based on a student’s ability to thrive academically and shine in an area of interest e.g. music, sport, dance/drama, community service. 

The JB ‘Pete’ Craig Scholarship covers a reduction in tuition fees and is tenable for the duration of a girl’s education at St Hilda’s (subject to satisfactory academic performance and contribution to school life). 

Please Note: Should an applicant be shortlisted, the family will be required to provide full financials to the School (which will be kept in strict confidence) in order to qualify.

Kitching Family Bursary - Year 10 Entry (External Applicants Only)

This scholarship is intended to provide significant financial support towards school fees for a Year 10 student from a regional centre in Western Australia for Years 10, 11 and 12, who, in the opinion of the Principal:

  • would not, for financial reasons, otherwise be able to attend the school
  • has sound academic performance:·
  • is actively involved in their community through cocurricular activities or other endeavours
  • on the basis of an assessment under the School’s Scholarship Application and Examination process, would be suitable and deserving recipients.

The scholarship covers up to 100% of tuition fees and is tenable for the duration of a girl’s education at St Hilda’s (subject to satisfactory academic performance and contribution to school life).

June Johnston Memorial Bursary - Year 10 Entry (External Applicants Only)

This scholarship is intended to provide significant financial support towards school fees for a Year 10 student from a regional centre in Western Australia for Years 10, 11 and 12, who, in the opinion of the Principal:

  • would not, for financial reasons, otherwise be able to attend the school
  • has sound academic performance
  • is actively involved in their community through cocurricular activities or other endeavours
  • on the basis of an assessment under the School’s Scholarship Application and Examination process, would be suitable and deserving recipients.

The bursary covers a reduction in tuition and boarding fees plus up to $2,000 pa for uniforms, books, and educational activities and is tenable for the duration of a girl’s education at St Hilda’s (subject to satisfactory academic performance and contribution to school life).

Boarding Scholarships

Awarded to girls from rural, regional and remote Western Australia, our Boarding scholarships aim to provide support to students in their pursuit of excellence.

Boarding Scholarship - Year 7 Entry (External Applicants Only)

Boarding Scholarships are awarded to a girl from rural, regional or remote Western Australia entering Year 7 who displays academic excellence and the ability to shine in an area of interest e.g. music, sport, dance/drama, community service.

The Boarding scholarship covers a reduction in boarding fees and is tenable for the duration of a girl’s education at St Hilda’s (subject to satisfactory academic performance and contribution to school life).

 

Indigenous Scholarships

St Hilda’s is committed to providing educational scholarships to West Australian Indigenous girls starting their schooling in Year 7 for the remainder of their education at St Hilda’s. Where possible consideration may be given to entry into other years, but Year 7 is the preferred point of entry.

Indigenous Scholarships - Years 7 Entry

The scholarships are aimed at providing exceptional educational opportunities for Indigenous girls who have the potential to lead and inspire within the community.

Each Indigenous scholarship to St Hilda’s is provided in partnership with the West Australian organisation MADALAH. The scholarships along with Abstudy and parent contributions cover tuition and boarding fees from Year 7 through to Year 12.

Please Note: Applicants must apply to St Hilda’s via the online form and the MADALAH Scholarship Program to be eligible. Further information on how to apply via MADALAH can be found here.

Applicants will be chosen through a selection process that includes proven school engagement, academic progress, motivation for tertiary study, as well as eligibility for Abstudy.

Eligibility

Students must be regarded as Indigenous Australians and demonstrate a willingness and intent to embrace the opportunities associated with moving to St Hilda’s for their education. Students should have significant family support to enter a new school at Year 7 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 an excellent student attitude, motivation levels, sound literacy and numeracy, strong references from past teachers, good attendance, and an interview.

Parental / Guardian Support

Students must have the full support of their family and/or community. This will require emotional support as well as some 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 not cover the provision of uniform, textbooks, IT equipment, pocket money or other voluntary School activities including optional excursions, camps and tours. Families are expected to participate in School programs and information sessions where possible.

 

 

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 year 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 – www.madalah.com.au

 

Old Scholars Association Scholarships

One of the Old Scholars Association’s (OSA) most important contributions to the School is its scholarship program. Daughters, granddaughters and great-granddaughters of financial members of the OSA are eligible for the OSA’s scholarships.

OSA Scholarship - Year 7 Entry (Internal and External Applicants)

The Old Scholars Association awards a scholarship to a student entering the School in Year 7, whose mother, grandmother or great-grandmother is a financial member of the Old Scholars Association. The OSA Entrance Scholarship is intended for a girl who can demonstrate academic ability and a strong capacity for involvement. The award of a Scholarship is tenable for Years 7 – 10, subject to satisfactory academic performance and contribution to school life.

The scholarship is a fixed financial amount per annum that approximates one term’s fees.

OSA Ammonite Scholarship - Year 11 Entry (Internal Applicants)

The OSA Ammonite Scholarship provides support in Years 11 and 12 to a daughter, granddaughter or great-granddaughter of a financial member of the Old Scholars Association. This scholarship is a fixed financial amount per annum that approximates one term’s fees per year. The winner is determined by a panel of three Financial Members of the OSA based on a written application followed by an interview. This scholarship is intended to recognise a girl who is an all-rounder, rather than selecting a winner based solely on academic achievement.

Please Note: Applications for the OSA Ammonite Scholarship (Year 11 Entry) open in July.

For further details, contact:

Alumni Coordinator
oldscholars@sthildas.wa.edu.au
T: 9285 4100

“A St Hilda’s education is a privilege and we feel a responsibility to share this as widely as possible”.

Principal, Fiona Johnston