Scholarships: An Overview

Fairholme College is committed to providing outstanding educational opportunities for girls and the nurturing of students’ individual interests and talents. As part of this commitment, the College offers a range of scholarships and bursaries with part remission of fees. Due to finite funding availability, preference is given to those students who would not otherwise be able to benefit from a Fairholme education.

All scholarships and bursaries are open to students not currently enrolled at the College. Current students may apply for a scholarship or bursary in conjunction with the financial needs application process.

The College invites Music scholarship applications from internal and external candidates.

The following scholarships and bursaries are offered, depending upon funding availability:

  • Academic Scholarships
  • Board of Directors’ Bursary
  • Music Scholarships
  • Means-tested Fee Remission

Academic Scholarships

Eligible applicants are those who:

  • Are aligned with, and supportive of the College values;
  • Have demonstrated quantifiably high levels of academic achievement throughout their schooling; and
  • Sit for the ACER Scholarship Exam and complete the scholarship application process.

Note: Preference is given to those students who, due to financial reasons, would not otherwise be able to benefit from a Fairholme education.

Board of Directors’ Bursary

Eligible applicants are those who:

  • Are aligned with, and supportive of the College values;
  • Have demonstrated skills and talents in an areas such as The Arts, Sport, or Leadership;

Note: Preference is given to those students who, due to financial reasons, would not otherwise be able to benefit from a Fairholme education.

Music Scholarships

Eligible applicants are those who:

  • Are aligned with, and supportive of the College values;
  • Fulfil the specifications outlined within the individual Music Scholarships.

Note: In reaching decisions, consideration is given to those students who, due to financial reasons, would not otherwise be able to benefit from a Fairholme education.

Isolated Children’s Parents Association Scholarship (ICPA)

Applications are open to internal and external candidates, entering Year 7 as a boarder. This scholarship is reserved for a single student from rural or remote Australia entering Year 7 as a boarder, and whose parents are members of the ICPA. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of results from the annual ACER scholarship examination, as well as the application of the candidate. See the ICPA Application Form (330KB PDF)

Presbyterian Church of Queensland…

Presbyterian Church of Queensland Start-Up Boarding Bursary
Applications are open to external candidates only, entering the College as a new boarder. The Presbyterian Church of Queensland offers a start-up bursary for a new boarder starting at the College. Candidates must sit the ACER exam. See the Boarding Bursary Application Form

Music Scholarships

Fairholme College offers the following Music Scholarships to a single student each year:

1. The Marjorie Milliken Middle School Scholarship
Applications open to internal and external candidates entering Years 7 and is awarded each year, to girls entering Year 7 until Year 9 (3 years’ duration). Candidates must sit the ACER exam.

Marjorie Milliken Music Scholarship details

Marjorie MillikenMarjorie Milliken
Fairholme Old Girl 1942-1948 and Head Girl 1948

Marjorie Milliken was a boarding student of Fairholme College between 1942-1948, and was appointed as Head Girl in her final year of schooling. This scholarship has been established by the Board of Directors and the Fairholme Old Girls Association to to be awarded to one or two Year 7 students each year, to foster their special musical ability. The scholarship recognises Marjorie Milliken’s support of Fairholme College and its music program over many years. Furthermore, it celebrates her work in Queensland schools which has nurtured and developed musical talent and enjoyment.

The scholarship, which is awarded subject to audition, interview and the results of the ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research) scholarship exam, covers:

  • 50% off tuition;
  • Private Music lessons in auditioned instrument to the value of $2000 per annum;
  • The cost of the annual music camp (instrumental or choral);
  • The cost of associated sheet music (up to a value of $200 per annum);
  • The cost of examinations (for the instrument / voice that the student was awarded the scholarship).

The awardee of this scholarship will be required to perform at events as required by the Head of The Arts or Performance Music, participate in elective music, music extension and various College ensembles and maintain a high level of application in all subjects.

Short-listed applicants will be asked to audition at the College on the day before the written ACER scholarship exam. Applicants should have reached grade 4 AMEB or equivalent in their chosen instrument. For audition applicants will be asked to perform 2 contrasting pieces with a total duration of 5 to 8 minutes. Aural ability, sight reading, sight singing and general knowledge of their chosen pieces will also be tested. A short interview with the Principal of the College will directly follow the audition. Applicants should provide their own accompanist. Should this be difficult due to distance, please contact the College.

Application for this scholarship is a 2 step process:

  1. On-line registration for the annual ACER scholarship exam and;
  2. Submission of the Music Scholarship Application Form Music Scholarship Application Form (350KB PDF) along with copies of evidence of the most recent and/or highest level of musical achievement in the chosen instrument and most recent school report.

2. The Bob Balsillie Memorial Senior School Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a single girl each year, entering Year 10 for the duration of 3 years. Candidates must sit the ACER exam.

Bob Balsillie Memorial Scholarship details

The late Bob BalsillieThe late Bob Balsillie
Contributing significant leadership of Fairholme's Music program from 1991 to 2001

The late Mr Bob Balsillie was a dedicated and accomplished music teacher and much loved staff member of the College from 1991 to 2001. This scholarship has been established by the Board of Directors to be awarded to a student entering Year 10 until Year 12 (3 years’ duration), to foster their special musical ability. The scholarship recognises Bob Baillie’s significant leadership of the music program at Fairholme College.

The scholarship, which is awarded subject to audition, interview and the results of the ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research) scholarship exam, covers:

  • 50% off tuition;
  • Private Music lessons in auditioned instrument to the value of $2000 per annum;
  • The cost of the annual music camp (instrumental or choral);
  • The cost of associated sheet music (up to a value of $200 per annum);
  • The cost of examinations (for the instrument/voice that the student was awarded the scholarship);
  • Student will study Music and Music Extension subjects for the three year period.

The awardee of this scholarship will be required to perform at events as required by the Head of The Arts or Performance Music, participate in elective music, music extension and various College ensembles and maintain a high level of application in all subjects.

Short-listed applicants will be asked to audition at the College on the day before the ACER scholarship exam. Applicants should have reached Grade 5 AMEB or equivalent in their chosen instrument. For audition, applicants will be asked to perform 2 contrasting pieces with a total duration of 6 to 8 minutes. Aural ability, sight reading, sight singing and general knowledge of their chosen pieces will also be tested. A short interview with the Principal of the College will directly follow the audition. Applicants should provide their own accompanist. Should this be difficult due to distance, please contact the College

Application for this scholarship is a 2 step process:

  1. On-line registration for the anual ACER scholarship exam and
  2. Submission of the Music Scholarship Application Form Music Scholarship Application Form (350KB PDF) along with copies of evidence of the most recent and/or highest level of musical achievement in the chosen instrument and most recent school report.

3. The Lindsay Statham Memorial Senior School Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a girl entering Year 10 until Year 12 (3 years’ duration). Lindsay Statham candidates do not sit the ACER exam.

Lindsay Statham Memorial Scholarship details

The late Lindsay StathamThe late Lindsay Statham KSJ OAM
[Board Chairman 1980 - 2001]

The late Mr Lindsay Statham KSJ OAM was the Chairman of the Fairholme Board from 1980 to 2001. This scholarship has been established by the Board of Directors to be awarded to a Year 11 student each year, to foster their special musical ability. The scholarship recognises the sterling contribution Lindsay Statham made to the Fairholme family during this time.

The scholarship, which is awarded subject to audition and interview, covers:

  • 75% off tuition;
  • Private Music lessons in auditioned instrument to the value of $2000 per annum;
  • The cost of the annual music camp (instrumental or choral);
  • The cost of associated sheet music (up to a value of $200 per annum);
  • The cost of examinations (for the instrument / voice that the student was awarded the scholarship);
  • Student will study Music and Music Extension subjects for the three year period.

The awardee of this scholarship will be required to perform at events as required by the Head of The Arts or Performance Music, participate in elective music, music extension and various College ensembles and maintain a high level of application in all subjects.

Applicants should have reached Grade 5 AMEB or equivalent in their chosen instrument. For audition, applicants will be asked to perform 2 contrasting pieces with a total duration of 6 to 8 minutes. Aural ability, sight reading, sight singing and general knowledge of their chosen pieces will also be tested. A short interview with the Principal of the College will directly follow the audition. Applicants should provide their own accompanist. Should this be difficult due to distance, please contact the College.

Application is by submission of the Music Scholarship Application Form Music Scholarship Application Form (350KB PDF) along with copies of evidence of the most recent and/or highest level of musical achievement in the chosen instrument and most recent school report. Applicants to The Lindsay Statham Memorial Music Scholarship do not sit the ACER scholarship exam.

Complete and return to
Mrs Emily Veal
Enrolments Officer
Fairholme College
PO Box 688 Toowoomba Q 4350

T 07 4688 4635
E emily.veal@fairholme.qld.edu.au

The Principal reserves the right not to award a scholarship in any year.

Applications close for 2018 General and Academic Scholarships on Thursday 23 February 2017, while Music Scholarships close on Wednesday 15 February 2017

Additional notes:
The value and duration of all scholarships is at the discretion of the board and all scholarships are a percentage of tuition only. The school requires that all applicants and their families support the College’s mission and ethos in full.

Please note that Fairholme College does not publish or share scholarship examination results with applicants. The College reserves the right not to offer a scholarship or scholarships at a particular Year level or within a specific category.

When the scholarship is offered to the successful applicant it is a requirement that all of the usual enrolment fees are to be paid in full.

For further information please contact Mrs Emily Veal T 07 4688 4624 E enrol@fairholme.qld.edu.au

The Winchester Foundation
The John & Beryl Neilsen Winchester Foundation was established as a Public Foundation in 2011 by Mrs Beryl Neilsen.

The main motivation behind its creation is to provide assistance to children and youth living in rural and regional areas with their education.

Visit winchesterfoundation.org › for further information.

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Scholarship Exam

ACER testing for 2018 scholarships will take place on Saturday 4 March, 2017 at Fairholme College with Music auditions taking place on Saturday 4 March, 2017. If distance prevents travelling to the College on Saturday 4 March, ACER are able to arrange a special sittings in remote areas at an additional cost.

Registrations can only be made on-line via the ACER Scholarship web site ›

Once logged-in on the ACER site you may choose one of:

  • Level 1 if your child is entering Year 7 in 2018.
  • Level 2 if your child is entering Year 10 in 2018.

Please note: All candidates are invited to submit supporting documentation on the day of the exam. We ask that this restricted to the most recent and highest level of achievement, in a clearly named A4 envelope.

These documents will be collected as candidates register their attendance on the day of the examination.

All music and ICPA candidates will also be considered for Academic and General Scholarships. All applications for the ACER scholarship examination will incur a fee of $105 (per application).

Fairholme College and The Glennie School offer the same scholarship examination through ACER. Should a student wish to be considered for a scholarship at both Fairholme College and The Glennie School then it is necessary to register with both schools. This will also incur a fee of $105 per application. Further to this, the student must sit with her preferred school and notify both schools of her intended choice of sitting.

Please also read the “Additional Notes” at left.

An application for entry to the College is required before the scholarship sitting.

Apply for enrolment online or download the Application for Enrolment form (500KB PDF)

Applications close for 2017 General and Academic Scholarships on Sunday 28 February 2016, while Music Scholarships closed on Friday 12 February 2016

For further information regarding the 2017 Scholarship examination please contact Mrs Emily Veal T 07 4688 4635 E enrol@fairholme.qld.edu.au

Learn More

If you have any questions or wish to obtain an application form for a scholarship or remission, please contact the Enrolments Officer on 07 4688 4688 or to enrol@fairholme.qld.edu.au