Foundation and Sport Bursaries

Scholarships and Bursaries at A.B. Paterson College

A.B. Paterson College offers a range of different Scholarships and Bursaries, allowing more students the opportunity to access an A.B. education.

Both Scholarships and Bursaries offer families a reduction in fees, however bursaries are means-tested and are places that are specifically set aside for applicants in financial need who would not otherwise have the funds to access an A.B. education. On the other hand, scholarships are awarded on merits specifically, academic, sporting and musical talents, irrespective of financial need.

Students who are not yet enrolled at the College are encouraged to apply for both scholarships and bursaries. Current students are welcome to apply for a scholarship based on their talents and merits.


A.B. Paterson College Foundation Bursary 

The A.B. Paterson College Foundation provides a limited number of means-tested bursaries that are open to students considering a place at A.B. Paterson College.

All Bursaries are means-tested and, unlike a scholarship (which is solely merit-based), are set aside for applicants in financial need who would not otherwise have the funds to access an A.B. education.

Bursaries support full fee remission of College Fees for Years 7-12, with parents/guardians required to cover additional costs such as uniforms, enrolment fees, levys etc). Bursaries are subject to a yearly review process.

A.B. Paterson College welcomes applications from students with demonstrated financial need who believe that they have the dedication and motivation to thrive not only at A.B. Paterson College but to immerse themselves in our community.  

Applications for the 2025 Foundation Bursary has now closed. 

When open, students interested in applying for a Foundation Bursary Scholarship will need to complete the following:
  1.  Complete the application form and forward it to Karen Milburn, Head of Admissions at kmilburn@abpat.qld.edu.au; Foundation Means-Tested Bursary Application form
  2. Register for the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) Scholarship Examination, held at the College. Register at the ACER Scholarship Registration website: https://scholarships.acer.org/intro/2900
  3. Submit further documentation, if required.


Sports Administered by QLD School Sport Bursary for 2025

A.B. Paterson College has an ongoing commitment to sport and is pleased to offer support to students excelling in their chosen sport. The College will offer a Sport Bursary to students in Year 10-12 who have displayed ability, commitment and ongoing improvement in their chosen sport. Applications must be received by the end of Term 2 for the following year.

Eligibility Criteria:
  • Students must be representing Queensland or higher in their chosen sport (preference given to students performing at a State Level through Queensland School Sport)
  • Students will only be considered for a Bursary if their sport falls within the APS program (see below)
  • Students must be active participants in the College program for their chosen sport
  • Students applying for a Bursary in Swimming, Cross Country or Track & Field MUST participate in the College’s training program
Eligible Sports:
  • Swimming
  • Cross Country
  • Track & Field
  • Football (Soccer)
  • Hockey
  • Netball (Girls)
  • Rugby Union (Boys)
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Australian Football
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Softball (Girls)
  • Tennis
  • Touch Football
  • Water Polo

*Sports that have additional opportunities beyond the APS season (tours, tournaments etc.) will carry greater weight when considering a Bursary.

Terms and Conditions
  • The Sport Bursary cannot be combined with any other forms of financial assistance, discounts, bursaries or scholarships
  • The Bursary is open to current and future students
  • The amount of the Bursary is at the sole discretion of the College
  • Sport Bursaries are competitive and not all applicants who meet the basis eligibility criteria will be guaranteed a Bursary
  • The Bursary will be reviewed yearly to ensure continued performance and commitment
  • The Principal has the right to withdraw this Bursary at any time if behaviour, commitment and/or progress are not being maintained
  • The Principal reserves the right to recover any financial assistance, scholarship or bursary provided for a student if the recipient leaves the College before completing Year 12
  • The value of the Bursary must remain confidential at all times

Applications for the 2025 Sport Bursary will open on Monday 6 November 2023 and will close on Thursday 13 June 2024.

When open, students interested in applying for a Sport Bursary will need to complete the following:
  1. Complete the application form and forward it to Karen Milburn, Head of Admissions at kmilburn@abpat.qld.edu.au; Sport Bursary Application Form
  2. Register for the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) Scholarship Examination, held at the College. Register at the ACER Scholarship Registration website: https://scholarships.acer.edu.au/
  3. Submit further documentation, if required.