Scholarships and temporary fee assistance

Scholarships are available to new and existing students. Preference is given to those applicants who would greatly benefit from a BDC education but who, without financial assistance, would be unable to attend.

Scholarships are awarded at a rate of full (100%) or partial (25% or 50%) tuition fee depending on the pool of applicants and the scholarships available. The number of scholarships presented each year is at the discretion of the Principal. Enrolment fees, enrolment deposit, subject levies, elective excursions, subject-related costs and uniform purchases are the responsibility of the family.

Scholarships are generally awarded for a three (3) year period, provided all conditions upon which the scholarship was awarded are met. This includes general conditions applying to all scholarships and specific conditions applying to individual scholarships.

Scholarships - General Conditions

General conditions applying to all scholarships are subject to an annual review and include the following:

  • Be supportive of the values and ethos of the college.
  • Contribute positively to the co-curricular life of the college.
  • Abide by the rules, regulations and expectations in place during their time at the college.

Further information about how to apply and specific conditions relating to each scholarship are listed below.

Academic Scholarships (Entry to Years 7-11)

Information about full and partial academic scholarships available for students entering Years 7 to 11 is available on the Academic scholarships page.

The scholarships are awarded on the basis of a competitive examination conducted by ACER. Scholarships are awarded by the Principal.

Process: ACER examination and interview
Award: full or partial

Academic scholarships are open to both current and non-enrolled students. A testing fee applies. The Assistant Principal (Head of Secondary) is the point of contact for academic scholarship applications. ACER scholarship examinations are held in February for the following year’s entry.

From 2020, Bishop Druitt College will utilise an internal selection process when assessing applications for academic scholarships. Student selection will be based on previous academic records, academic awards achieved and NAPLAN results. This will be supported by an interview with the Principal together with student references.

Specific conditions considered in the yearly review include the following:

  • Students are expected to maintain a high academic average performance.

For more information and application forms please see the Academic scholarships page.

The Branson-Ackland Scholarship for the study of Language, Arts and Humanities  (Entry Year 11)

The Branson-Ackland Scholarship is available to new and current students who wish to complete their HSC at Bishop Druitt College and who wish to pursue further studies in the fields of language, arts or humanities.

Demonstrated high achievement in Year 9 and/or Year 10 English and History and a strong school report are prerequisites for this scholarship.  It is expected that recipients will study English Advanced with one or more of the college's Human Society and Its Environment, Visual Arts or Languages courses.

Process: application and possible interview
Award: partial
Deadline for applications: applications for 2020 will open on Tuesday 29 January 2019 and close on Friday 12 April 2019.
Application form: available from 29 January 2019.

Specific conditions considered in the annual review include the following:

  • Students are expected to participate in and achieve ongoing high standards in the scholarship fields, as at the time of entry.
  • Students are expected to support clubs and competitions, and mentor other students in this field of study.

The college wishes to thank Mr Victor Branson and his wife Mrs Margaret Ackland for their generosity in providing this scholarship. Mr Branson was the foundation Principal at Bishop Druitt College.

STEM Scholarships (Entry Year 11)

A number of full and partial STEM Scholarships are available to new students who wish to complete their HSC at Bishop Druitt College and who wish to pursue further studies in a STEM-related field.

Demonstrated high achievement in Year 10 Mathematics and Science and a strong school report are prerequisites for this award.  It is expected that recipients will study Mathematics Extension 1 and 2 in combination with one or more of the college’s science, engineering and technology-based subjects.

Process: application and Interview
Award: full or partial
Applications: applications for 2019 have now closed. Applications for 2020 will open on Tuesday 29 January 2019 and close on Friday 12 April 2019.
Application form: available from 29 January 2019.

Specific conditions considered in the annual review include the following:

  • Students are expected to participate in and achieve ongoing high standards in STEM subjects, as at the time of entry.
  • Students are expected to support STEM-related clubs and competitions and mentor other students in this field of study.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Scholarships (Entry Kindergarten to Year 11)

A limited number of scholarships are available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students across the college from Kindergarten to Year 11.  These scholarships are for students who wish to complete their education at Bishop Druitt College. 

Candidates must be able to provide evidence of a good attitude to studies, have an excellent attendance record and must display a willingness to participate in the wider life of the school. Latest NAPLAN results and school reports will be considered.

Process: application and possible interview (including support from elders of the ATSI community)
Award: full or partial
Applications: applications for 2019 have now closed. Applications for 2020 will open on Tuesday 29 January 2019 and close on Friday 12 April 2019.
Application form: available from 29 January 2019.

All-Rounder Scholarships (Entry from Year 5)

A limited number of partial All-Rounder Scholarships are available to new or current Bishop Druitt College students from Year 5 to Year 12.

Applicants must have achieved to a very high level in their academic studies and in at least one co-curricular endeavour. As an indicative measure, students should have represented at state level or equivalent in their co-curricular field as a minimum. Latest NAPLAN results, supportive documentation and school reports will be considered.

Process: application and possible interview
Award: partial only
Applications: applications for 2019 have now closed. Applications for 2020 close at the end of Term 1 2019.
Application form: available from 29 January 2019.

Specific conditions considered in the annual review include the following:

  • Students are expected to maintain their strong academic ability and continue to perform to their ability in at least one co-curricular area.

Performing Arts Scholarships (Entry from Year 5)

A limited number of full or partial Performing Arts Scholarships are available in the fields of music and drama. Scholarships are available to new or current students. Scholarships are awarded by the Principal in consultation with the relevant head of faculty and head of school.

Music

A music curriculum vitae must be included with the application, including AMEB or similar examination achievements along with eisteddfod awards/certificates.

Process: application, with a possibility of performance or presentation and interview
Award: full or partial
Applications: applications for 2019 have now closed. Applications for 2020 will open on Tuesday 29 January 2019 and close on Friday 12 April 2019.
Application form: available from 29 January 2019.

Specific conditions considered in the annual review include the following:

  • Students should continue to participate in and achieve ongoing high performance standards in their chosen instrument at the time of entry or an alternative, as approved by the school.
  • Students are expected to be involved in performance bands and orchestras as nominated by the Head of Music.
  • Students are expected to support and mentor other students in the music program.
Drama

Drama Scholarship awards are made as a result of practical assessments and interviews which will be held at Bishop Druitt College. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate a strong interest in and talent for drama. The practical assessment will include the performance of a 2-3 minute monologue of their own choice, plus a prepared presentation of a selected classical piece.

The applicant will also have interviews with the Principal and drama staff. School reports and letters of recommendation from current drama teachers will be important, and candidates may if they wish submit a DVD/video of a dramatic production in which they have taken part. Award holders will be expected to take part in drama at HSC level.

Process: application, performance and interview
Award: full or partial
Applications: applications for 2019 have now closed. Applications for 2020 will open on Tuesday 29 January 2019 and close on Friday 12 April 2019.
Application form: available from 29 January 2019.

Specific conditions considered in the annual review include the following:

  • Students should continue to participate in and achieve ongoing high performance standards in their chosen area.
  • Students are expected to be involved in dramatic performances as nominated by the Head of Drama.
  • Students are expected to support and mentor other students in the drama program.

Visual Arts Scholarships (Entry from Year 11)

A limited number of full or partial Visual Arts Scholarships are available on an annual basis. These scholarships also include textiles & design. Scholarships are available to new or current students. Scholarships are awarded by the Principal.

Process: application, portfolio and possible interview
Award: full or partial
Applications: applications for 2019 have now closed. Applications for 2020 will open on Tuesday 29 January 2019 and close on Friday 12 April 2019.
Application form: available from 29 January 2019.

Students should exhibit an extraordinary talent in one of these fields of endeavour and commit to studying visual arts and/or textiles and design in the senior school.

Specific conditions considered in the annual review include the following:

  • Students should continue to participate in and achieve ongoing high performance in their chosen area.
  • Students are expected to be involved in visual arts exhibitions and presentations as nominated by the Head of Visual Arts.
  • Students are expected to support and mentor other students in the program.

Sporting Performance Scholarships (Years 7 to 11)

A limited number of full and partial Sporting Performance Scholarships are available at Bishop Druitt College. We realise that expenses relating to students travelling to ongoing sporting representative events and training can be significant.

Bishop Druitt College offers a high performance program which will allow for alterations to subject timetables and greater access to our training facilities for those looking to concentrate on sporting careers.

Scholarships are awarded by the Principal in consultation with the Head of Secondary and the Sports Administrator.  Sporting Scholarships are generally offered to students participating in the following sporting codes: basketball, netball, touch football, rugby union, rugby league, football (soccer), futsal, golf, equestrian, swimming, athletics, cross country, tennis, surf sports, or triathlon.

Process: application and possible interview
Award: full or partial
Applications: applications for 2019 have now closed. Applications for 2020 will open on Tuesday 29 January 2019 and close on Friday 12 April 2019.
Application form: available from 29 January 2019.

Specific conditions considered in the annual review include the following:

  • Students are expected to participate in and achieve ongoing high performance standards in their chosen sport at the time of entry, or an alternative sport as approved by the college.
  • Students are expected to support college teams in a variety of sports and carnivals as nominated by the Head of Secondary and the Sports Administrator.

How to Apply

For all scholarships, an application form should be submitted to the Principal (secretary@bdc.nsw.edu.au) with copies of the following:

  • An introductory letter written by the student stating why they would like to attend Bishop Druitt College and why they would make a worthy candidate for the scholarship/bursary.
  • The two most recent academic semester reports from their current school.
  • Certificates of achievement, including recent NAPLAN results.
  • A reference from a member of staff of their current school, or official of the sporting or cultural organisation or association that the student is currently affiliated with.
  • Any other supporting documentation of achievements in the areas of sport or co-curricular activities.

All applicants may be required to attend an interview with the Principal and/or relevant head of faculty where required.

Temporary Financial Assistance

While Bishop Druitt College may award a small number of scholarships based solely on merit, for the majority of scholarships preference is given to those applicants who would greatly benefit from a BDC education but who, without some financial assistance, would be unable to attend.

In addition, existing families impacted by altered employment conditions, altered family relationships or natural disasters have the ability to apply for short term fee concessions at the discretion of the Principal. The Principal has only a small discretionary fund to support these applications.

Specific conditions considered in the regular review include the following:

  • Completion of a temporary fee assistance form - available through the main office.
  • Provision of financial information as requested by the Principal through the Business Manager.
  • Payment of the agreed assessed fee via direct debit.
  • Advise the college of any change in financial circumstances.

 

 

 

 

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