Scholarships and temporary fee assistance

Applications for scholarships commencing in 2020 have closed. Applications for academic scholarships commencing in 2021 will open on September 3 2019. Applications for other scholarships will open in Term 1 2020.

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% - 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 7-11 is available on the Academic scholarships page.

Academic scholarships are awarded on the basis of the student's academic records, academic awards achieved and NAPLAN results. This may be supported by an interview. Scholarships are awarded by the Principal.

Process: application and possible interview
Award: full or partial

Academic scholarships are open to both current and non-enrolled students. The Assistant Principal (Head of Secondary) is the point of contact for academic scholarship applications.

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 Bishop Druitt College 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 or Languages courses.

Process: application and possible interview
Award: partial
Deadline for applications: applications for 2020 have closed

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 - new students only)

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.

Students who would make a positive contribution to the BDC community and who wish to study STEM subjects at the highest level are encouraged to apply.  This scholarship is aimed at students who wish to pursue future studies and a career in a STEM-related field.

Process: application and interview
Award: full or partial
Applications: applications for 2020 have closed

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 new and current 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 college. Latest NAPLAN results and school reports will be considered.

Process: application and possible interview
Award: full or partial
Applications: applications for 2020 have closed

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 2020 have closed

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

Music

A limited number of full or partial Performing Arts Scholarships are available to new and current Bishop Druitt College students in the field of music. Scholarships are awarded by the Principal in consultation with the Head of Performing Arts and Head of Primary or Secondary.

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate a strong interest in and talent for music. Short-listed applicants may be required to undertake an audition.

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

Process: application, possible audition and interview
Award: full or partial
Applications: applications for 2020 have closed

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 (Entry from Year 7)

A limited number of full or partial Performing Arts Scholarships are available to new and current Bishop Druitt College students in the field of drama. Scholarships are awarded by the Principal in consultation with the Head of Performing Arts and Head of Secondary.

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate a strong interest in and talent for drama. Short-listed applicants may be required to undertake an audition.

The applicant may also have interviews with the Principal and Head of Performing Arts or their delegate. School reports and letters of recommendation from current drama teachers will be important. Scholarship holders will be expected to take part in drama at HSC level.

Process: application, possible audition and interview
Award: full or partial
Applications: applications for 2020 have closed

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 Performing Arts.
  • 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 to new and current Bishop Druitt College students in the field of visual arts. Scholarships are awarded by the Principal.

Process: application, portfolio and possible interview
Award: full or partial
Applications: applications for 2020 have closed

Students should exhibit an extraordinary talent in this fields of endeavour and commit to studying visual arts in Years 11&12.

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.
  • Students are expected to support and mentor other students in the visual arts program.

Textiles & Design Scholarships (Entry from Year 11)

A limited number of full or partial Textiles & Design Scholarships are available to new and current Bishop Druitt College students in the field of textiles & design. Scholarships are awarded by the Principal.

Process: application, portfolio and possible interview
Award: full or partial
Applications: applications for 2020 have closed

Students should exhibit an extraordinary talent in this field of endeavour and commit to studying textiles & 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 textiles & design exhibitions and presentations as nominated by the Head of TAS.
  • 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 to new and current Bishop Druitt College students. 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, triathlon or pentathlon.

Process: application and possible interview
Award: full or partial
Applications: applications for 2020 have closed

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, the relevant application form should be submitted to the Principal (secretary@bdc.nsw.edu.au) accompanied by copies of all the documents requested in the application form.

All applicants may be required to attend an interview with the Principal and/or relevant head of faculty where required. Applicants in the performing arts fields may be required to undertake an audition.

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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