Student scholarships

​​​​​​​​Scholarships are payments to help you with the cost of your child's education.

They're generally offered based on:

  • financial need or difficulties
  • your child's school results
  • school or community activities your child takes part in.

Most scholarships we offer are for Victorian government school students. A small number are also open to non-government school students.

Available scholarships

Check our scholarships website for what's available, closing dates and if your child is eligible.  Choose the school level your child is in this year:

Before you apply

You'll need:

  • your personal details
  • your child's school results
  • details about your child's school and community activities (if needed for the scholarship). Your child usually completes this part of the application.
  • the name and contact details of your school's principal
  • a valid Centrelink reference number, or a concession card for yourself or your child, if the scholarship is based on financial need.

How to apply

  1. Read all of the information on this page.
  2. Register an account on the scholarships website. You need to re-register each year.
  3. Complete the application form​.
  4. Ask your school principal to verify the application.
  5. We'll contact you by June to let you know if you've been successful.

You or your child can fill out the application form.

In most cases you won't be able to complete the whole application in one go. The form will let you save your place and return later. You can amend the application at any time before the principal verifies it.

You can apply for more than one scholarship.

School results

You must include end of year academic results in the application form. All schools record results differently, so you may need to convert the results:

For years 4 to 10

You'll need to convert the results to the 'student progress in learning' measurement.

If your school reports grades from A to E:

  • A and B converts to "above expected standard".
  • C converts to "expected standard".
  • D and E converts to "below expected standard".

If your school reports grades from 5 to 1:

  • 5 and 4 converts to "above expected standard".
  • 3 converts to "expected standard".
  • 1 and 2 converts to "below expected standard".
For year 11

Enter the study score for each unit 3/4 subject. Or satisfactory/unsatisfactory marks for VCAL subjects. Do not include any unit 1/2 subjects.

For year 12

Include these scores in the application:

  • VCAA study score for each VCE unit 3/4 subject, or
  • satisfactory or unsatisfactory grades for VCAL subjects.

If the subjects on the form are very different from what your child is studying, speak to the principal. You can also email studentscholarships@edumail.vic.gov.au.

Activities

Some scholarships ask for information about your child's school activities and work in the community. This part of the application is usually completed by your child.

Your child should explain how their school and community activities have influenced them. For example, they may have improved their skills or developed new qualities like leadership. They may have also decided or changed what they want to study or follow as a career.

School activities

School activities can include:

  • being school captain, house captain or on the student council
  • coaching or mentoring other students
  • extracurricular activities like sports, music or drama
  • taking part in fundraising or working bees for the school
  • any awards won
  • any other examples of volunteering or being selected for activities that help the school community.

Do not include regular school activities like sports carnivals or classroom projects.

Community activities

Community activities can include:

  • volunteering to help people or organisations in the wider community
  • volunteering at an aged care facilities, sporting club or church
  • being involved in scouts or girl guides
  • youth advisory groups or arts spaces
  • fundraising or promoting causes for charity.

You'll need to include two references for community activities. Do not include activities where your child has been paid to work.

Tips for filling out the application form

  • Don't rush the application.
  • Apply for as many scholarships as your child is eligible for.
  • Let your principal know you're making a scholarship application.
  • Make sure you've completed all questions properly.
  • Check how long each response should be and keep the answers close to that length.
  • Get feedback on the application from friends, family or some one at the school before you submit.
  • Submit before the deadline.
  • If you're unsure about what to include, email studentscholarships@edumail.vic.gov.au

Principal verification

After you submit the application, ask your principal to verify your child's school results. They must do this between 1 August and 31 January.

If the principal does not know how to use the scholarships website, ask them to email  studentscholarships@edumail.vic.gov.au

The principal only needs to verify the results once. If they do not agree with the results, we will ask you to correct the application and get verified again.

If you haven't received an email to confirm verification by 20 February, speak to your principal as soon as possible.

Once the principal verifies the application, you cannot change any details.

Outcomes and further advice

We will contact you by June to let you know if you've been successful.

For further advice, email studentscholarships@edumail.vic.gov.au.