First Nations Scholarships

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Melbourne Grammar School is proud to offer scholarships for First Nations students.

The scholarships help talented and motivated First Nations students from rural, regional and remote areas across Australia access the opportunities available at the School.

They reflect the School’s commitment to nurture future First Nations leaders, and to ensure all Melbourne Grammar students value and respect First Nations culture.

Importantly, we want the School to be a culturally safe place for First Nations students where they feel a strong sense of belonging.

Up to 14 students are supported by First Nations scholarships at Melbourne Grammar each year.

We ask all First Nations scholarship recipients to board at the School. You can find out more about boarding at Melbourne Grammar School here.


Eligibility and selection criteria

Applications for 2025 First Nations scholarships are now open, and will close on Friday 26 July 2024.

This scholarship opportunity is available to First Nations boys from rural, regional, remote and interstate areas throughout Australia who will be entering Year 9 or 10 in the following year.

You must also be able to demonstrate:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander status
  • Financial need
  • A strong academic and behavioural record
  • Involvement in co-curricular or community activities or programs
  • Family support for your enrolment at Melbourne Grammar School

In addition to these factors, we also take performance in the School’s Academic Entrance Test into account when offering scholarships.

What our First Nations scholarships provide

Melbourne Grammar School First Nations scholarships cover a significant part of our tuition and boarding fees. The specific level is dependent on individual circumstances.

Recipients also receive specialist academic, cultural, and pastoral support throughout their time at the School.

How to apply

Applications for 2025 First Nations scholarships are now open, and will close on Friday 26 July 2024.

To apply, please complete our First Nations Scholarship application form here.

You can find out more about the application process and timeline, as well as the supporting documents required when applying, here. We suggest you read over this information before you begin your application.

Scholarships are awarded in the year prior to commencement. Applications for Year 9 and 10, 2025 entry will close on Friday 26 July 2024. 

Important information to note

  • All recipients of a First Nations scholarship are required to board at Melbourne Grammar School for the duration of their schooling. 

  • First Nations scholarships are only available to students from outside of the Melbourne metropolitan area. 

  • The Boarding House closes once during each school term for an exeat long weekend and over the school holidays. Students are not able to stay at the Boarding House during these periods. 

  • As a portion of the scholarship may be covered by ABSTUDY, the successful applicants must be eligible to receive ABSTUDY. 

  • All recipients of a First Nations Scholarship must have a Melbourne-based contact such as a friend or family member who acts as a student’s Local Support Person (LSP), who lives in Melbourne. This person will be your son’s emergency contact and must hold a Working With Children Check (WWCC).