Scholarships & Bursaries

At The Friends’ School, we emphasise learning experiences that inspire our students’ curiosity and develop skills to critically examine the world we live in. We welcome scholarship and bursary enquiries from students who believe they can make a positive difference to the Friends’ School and the wider community.

Applications for a Merit, Music and Boarding Scholarship for entry into Year 7 or 11 in 2022 are now open.  

Please CLICK HERE TO APPLY.  There is no scholarship application fee and applications close 9am Tuesday 9 March 2021. 

The Friends’ School offers scholarships and fee assistance based on a number of criteria including areas of talent and personal circumstances.

We welcome applications from students who believe they can make a positive contribution to our school community. The number of scholarships awarded each year is dependent upon the quality of the applicants and the availability of places.

Community philanthropy has been integral to The Friends’ School and its core values since the school was founded in 1887. This community philanthropy and generosity continues to this day. Scholarships and fee assistance packages are funded by generous donations from the School community.

If you have any questions about scholarships or bursaries, please contact the Enrolments Manager, Jen Scharkie, on either +61 3 6210 2224 or jscharkie@friends.tas.edu.au

Scholarships & Bursaries

Available to students entering Year 7 and 11 in 2022.

A Merit Scholarship provides a 25% reduction in tuition fees only. All scholarships are tenable throughout the student’s enrolment time. Additional financial assistance may be available for families that demonstrate a financial need in order to attend The Friends’ School.

These scholarships are offered to students who demonstrate they have strong abilities across a range of the key areas of learning.

Examination papers are written by a team of Friends’ teachers, who represent a broad range of learning areas. A variety of questions invite students to present written responses intended to demonstrate both the breadth and depth of their academic proficiency. We seek students who are academically well-rounded and who also embody the values reflected in our Purpose and Concerns.

Candidates who are successful and shortlisted following the examination paper will be invited to an interview with our scholarship panel. During this process, the panel will seek information on how the student might contribute to The Friends’ School beyond their academic capabilities.

A rigorous appraisal of the student holding a Merit Scholarship from Years 7 through to Year 12 will be conducted in Year 9 to determine the status of their current academic standing at The Friends’ School. If there are doubts that the student is contributing to the anticipated level, the student and parents will be informed. The student will be counselled and offered support to refocus their energies. A Merit Scholarship awarded for Years 7–12 may be withdrawn after the completion of Year 10 if the student fails to meet the School’s expectations of academic commitment and/or personal conduct.

Applications for a Merit/Music/Boarding Scholarship for entry into Year 7 or 11 in 2022 are now open.  

Please CLICK HERE TO APPLY.  There is no scholarship application fee and applications close 9am Tuesday 9 March 2021. Further information on the scholarship exams and music auditions can be viewed below.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss, please don’t hesitate to contact the Enrolments Office on either enrol.office@friends.tas.edu.au or +61 3 6210 2286.

We seek applications annually for music scholarships from students entering Years 7 and 11 the following year.  For entry into 2022, we are also inviting applications for music scholarships from students entering Year 8, Year 9 and Year 10. The additional entry points are possible because of the existence of several unfilled music scholarships.

Scholarships for entry into Year 8 and Year 9 are open to both current and new students to the School given the enrolment opportunities in these year groups. However, with the current and projected size of the Year 10 cohort in 2021, music scholarships for that year group will only be open to current Friends’ students.

A Music Scholarship provides a 25% reduction in tuition fees only. All scholarships are tenable throughout the student’s enrolment time. Additional financial assistance may be available for families that demonstrate a financial need in order to attend The Friends’ School.

Music Scholarships are offered to students who demonstrate outstanding musicianship and the ability to make an ongoing, strong and varied contribution to the musical life of the School. Specifically, music scholars will:

  • Have a passion for music
  • Be involved in a minimum of two ensembles in the HS
  • Involved in a minimum of one ensemble at Clemes if also studying Music; otherwise, a minimum of two ensembles will be expected
  • Be available for other music events as required from time to time
  • Be effective role models and display leadership skills within the School’s music community, supporting music events as required and practical to do so
  • Study Music as a subject from Years 7 to 10 and where the chosen curriculum pathway allows, in at least one of the two years at Clemes.

Music Scholars in the High School meet with a Head of High School and the Head of Music once a year to review their involvement in the Music Program and academic participation. Years 11 and 12 Scholars meet only with the Head of Music unless a meeting with the Head of Clemes is also necessary.

Applications for a Merit/Music/Boarding Scholarship for entry into Year 7 or 11 in 2022 are now open.  

Please CLICK HERE TO APPLY.  There is no scholarship application fee and applications close 9am Tuesday 9 March 2021. Further information on the scholarship exams and music auditions can be viewed below.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss, please don’t hesitate to contact the Enrolments Office on either enrol.office@friends.tas.edu.au or +61 3 6210 2286.

Available to students entering Year 7 and 11 in 2022.

A Boarding Scholarship provides a 25% reduction to tuition and boarding fees. All scholarships are tenable throughout the student’s enrolment time. Additional financial assistance may be available for families that demonstrate a financial need in order to attend The Friends’ School.

Applications for Boarding Scholarships are invited from students who would otherwise be unable to attend the School because of their remote residential location or other circumstances related to their residential arrangements.

Candidates who are successful and shortlisted following the examination paper will be invited to an interview with our scholarship panel.

Shortlisted boarding candidates will need to demonstrate a willingness to participate in school life and be a positive member of our Walker House residential community.

If there are concerns that the student is not contributing to the anticipated level, or their behaviour is not meeting expectations of boarding staff, the student and their parents will be informed. The student will be counselled and offered support to refocus their energies.

Applications for a Merit/Music/Boarding Scholarship for entry into Year 7 or 11 in 2022 are now open.  

Please CLICK HERE TO APPLY.  There is no scholarship application fee and applications close 9am Tuesday 9 March 2021. Further information on the scholarship exams and music auditions can be viewed below.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss, please don’t hesitate to contact the Enrolments Office on either enrol.office@friends.tas.edu.au or +61 3 6210 2286.

Shortly after the First World War, a group of Friends’ School Old Scholars set up a trust fund to support a student moving into Year 11 at Clemes, whose parent(s) had been adversely affected by war.  This worthy cause has been modified over the years, extending the support to students who simply have an old scholar connection in their extended family, and more recently, omitting the word “War” from the title.

There is one grant of $4,000 towards Clemes fees in Term 1 and current Year 10 Friends’ students with any old scholar connection – parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts – are encouraged to apply.

The application form outlines the areas on which students will be evaluated. We are looking for a student who is academically sound, an active participant in the life of the school and strong in service. Students should provide details about their contributions in the application. A panel of Old Scholar Trustees and Heads of High School will shortlist the applicants and then conduct interviews.

A panel of Old Scholar Trustees and Heads of High School will shortlist the applicants and then conduct interviews.

Applications for the Old Scholar’ Memorial Grant 2021 are closed.  Please visit this page from March 2021 for information about the Grant for 2022.

Visit The Mather Endowment Trust for more information about the history of the Trust and its benefactors.

Process for Application

Further information and Fee Assistance forms may be obtained through The Enrolments office. Please contact Jen Scharkie, Enrolments Manager on 6210 2224 or via email jscharkie@friends.tas.edu.au.

Selection Criteria

Students are selected based upon their demonstrated desire to learn and their involvement in their current school and community.  Students entering Year 5 to 12 may be considered for assistance through the Mather Endowment Trust.

Students are required to:
  • Demonstrate a high degree of “Academic Commitment” to a selection panel. Academic commitment may be demonstrated through consistent school records with accompanying comments from teachers that the student is completing all of the required work to his or her ability.
  • Produce an item of work that they have completed at school. This work should be offered as a good demonstration of their abilities.
  • Complete an essay focusing on how they have contributed to their current community and how they see that contribution in the future.
  • Produce a document that demonstrates their involvement in co-curricular activities at their current school
  • Demonstrate involvement in co-curricular activities at their current school or in their local community, including service to the community.
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from a current or recent past teacher who would address what type of student and person the applicant is.

Students would need to be interviewed by the relevant Head of School and Principal.

Parents/Guardians are required to:

Applicant families would need to complete the Fees Assistance Forms provided by The Friends’ School. These are obtained through the Enrolments Office.

Open Date: 3 February 2020
Close Date: Late July 2020

 

This is a bursary available for A student from Years 7 to 12 in 2021 from a rural area.

The Frances Parsons Bursary was created following receipt of a bequest from Frances Parson’s estate in 2015. Frances had a passion for the education of women, particularly from rural areas, although the bursary is available to all rural students.

This bursary will be awarded to either an existing or prospective Friends’ School student entering into Years 7 – 12 from a rural area and will provide up to 50% of boarding costs for the tenure of the student’s enrolment.

Friends’ School bursaries are based on financial need and assistance varies depending on the individual family circumstances.

More information here.

Applications Open: 1 May 2020
Applications Close: 24 July 2020

If you have any queries or would like to discuss, please don’t hesitate to contact the Enrolments Office on either enrol.office@friends.tas.edu.au or +61 3 6210 2286.

 

Established in 2018, and funded entirely by community donations during annual giving, The Friends’ Fellowship provides financial assistance to families who can least afford a Friends’ education, and who will benefit greatly from attending the School. The value of the Bursary depends on funds raised. Recipients do not sit an exam, rather they demonstrate their commitment to academic achievement, service, community and the values of the School through a written application, interview and references from teachers and community members.

Applications Open: 1 May 2020
Applications Close: 24 July 2020

If you have any queries or would like to discuss, please don’t hesitate to contact the Enrolments Office on either enrol.office@friends.tas.edu.au or +61 3 6210 2286.

Information Brochure

 

 

Eligibility and Process to apply for a Friends’ School Scholarship or Bursary

Applicants must be Australian Citizens or holders of an Australian Permanent Resident Visa (you will be required to upload a copy of your PR status, in the application process if this is the case).

Merit, Music and Boarding Scholarship Application Process

Please submit your online application and accompanying documents by 9am Tuesday 9 March 2021.  Applications will not be considered after this date.

Please CLICK HERE TO APPLY.

All eligible applicants will be sent information about the scholarship exam and/or music audition prior to the audition and exam dates.  Details can also be viewed below.

Merit and Boarding applicants are required to sit a scholarship exam at 9am, Saturday 13 March 2021.  Music applications will be shortlisted and those selected will be required to audition. Applicants required to audition will be contacted to schedule their individual audition time.  Music auditions will be held on Friday 12 March 2021.

All scholarship papers and audition results will be reviewed by the School and further information from applicants may be sought.

Shortlisted Merit and Boarding applicants will be interviewed by the Principal and respective Head of School. Music applicants will be interviewed by the selection panel during their audition. Successful applicants will be awarded scholarships.

For any enquiries or to discuss with the School, please contact our Enrolments Office on either 6210 2286 or enrol.office@friends.tas.edu.au

Scholarship exam and audition information

Merit and Boarding Scholarship exams for entry in Year 7  in 2022 will take place at 9am on Saturday 13 March 2021.  The venue will be the High School Campus at 23 Commercial Road North Hobart. 

Merit and Boarding Scholarship exams for entry in Year 11  in 2022 will take place at 9am on Saturday 13 March 2021.  The venue will be the Clemes Year 11 & 12 Campus at 395 Argyle Street North Hobart (please enter via Boa Vista Road). 

Important scholarship exam information can be viewed and read here.

Music Scholarship applicants for entry in Year 7 & 11 in 2022 and who are confirmed by the School for an audition, will be requested to participate in an audition on Friday 12 March 2021.  Specific times will be booked prior and candidates will need to come to Main Commercial Road entrance at the High School.  From there, students will be escorted to their audition. 

Important music audition information can be viewed and read here.

For any enquiries or to discuss with the School, please contact our Enrolments Office on either enrol.office@friends.tas.edu.au or +61 3 6210 2286.

Bursaries

Subject to a range of factors, such as levels of funding and available spaces in relevant year groups, limited bursaries for boarding and tuition are occasionally available. These may be offered to exceptional students who demonstrate qualities that will enrich the entire school, and contribute to our ability to deliver the Purpose and Concerns statement. Bursaries are based on financial need and assistance varies depending on individual family circumstances.

Current bursaries have been listed above and are:
  • The Mather Endowment Trust
  • The Frances Parsons Bursary

There is no examination for bursaries but families will be expected to make available a range of financial information to allow assessment of their application. Applications are assessed by the Fees Assistance Committee of the Board of Governors and all details are held in confidence.

The Board may, from time to time, offer targeted bursaries to assist students from certain special groups. These are advertised in the local media and on this website.

For more information on scholarships and bursaries please contact the Enrolments Office.

All applicants MUST be Australian Citizens or holders of an Australian Permanent Resident Visa.