Thanks to the generosity of its benefactors, The Mather Endowment Trust helps transform the lives of students every year by providing access to a Friends’ education.

Funds from the Trust are used solely to provide a Friends’ education to students whose families are without the financial means to attend the School. Many students have gone on to make a positive impact locally and globally.

The Trust was established in 2011 following a generous philanthropic gift from Andrew and Jennifer Brice, a descendant of the Mather family. At the School’s founding in 1887, Joseph Mather was the Chairman of the School Committee and his brother, J Francis Mather, was the Committee’s Secretary. Numerous members of the Mather family have attended the School and served the School throughout its history as teachers and/or Board members. Andrew’s mother, Edith, also an old scholar, Quaker, staff member and Board member, was widowed with her children attending the School during the 1950s and 1960s. Tough times followed for the family until Bill Oats, Principal at the time, offered assistance to Edith telling her not to worry about the fees. This legacy is a result of this action taken during Andrew’s time as a student at Friends’.

In 2018 a further generous gift was made to the Trust by Jim and Jane Walker who were motivated by the needs-based financial assistance provided by the Trust to students each year. Jim Walker and his family have had a long association with The Friends’ School. Jim is an old scholar (class of 1943) and is descended from George Washington Walker who was among the first Quakers in Van Diemen’s Land. George Walker was sent by London Yearly Meeting of Quakers to report on the conditions of both Aborigines and the convicts in 1832. A family connection was formed between the Walker and Mather families when George Washington Walker married Sarah Benson Mather in 1841. Numerous family members have attended and served the School throughout its history.

“I would not have had access to a Friends’ education without the generous support of the people who donate towards assisting students.”

Annie Chessells (2015), Mather Trust recipient

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.

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. The 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.