Scholarships

A.B. Paterson College awards a number of Scholarships each year in the areas of Academic and Music Excellence.  Scholarships at A.B. Paterson College are awarded following the publication of the results of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) Scholarship Examination held in February each year.  A small number of full and part Scholarships, based on academic or musical ability, are available. Scholarships subsequently awarded commence in the following year.

Students in Years 6, 9 and 10 are eligible to apply for these Scholarships, according to the Terms and Conditions of the specific Scholarship. These Scholarships are offered on a competitive basis and are based upon the results of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) Scholarship Examination, the student’s application, and an interview with the Principal/Head of College.

These Scholarships, awarded to successful students, are offered, in general, to the completion of their studies i.e. Year 7 - 12 and Year 10 - 12. Year 10 students awarded a Scholarship in Year 11 are awarded this Scholarship, in general, for both of their senior years of study – Year 11 and Year 12.

In 2021, A.B. Paterson College will offer ACER Scholarship testing in: Year 6 (Level 1), Year 9 (Level 2), Year 10 (Level 3) for 2022 scholarships in Years 7 - 12, Years 10 - 12 and Years 11 and 12 respectively. This is explained more fully in the table below.  Students wishing to apply for Scholarships in Years 10 - 12, who are already A.B. Paterson College Scholarship holders for Years 7 - 9, are eligible as Year 9 students to apply/reapply for Scholarship in Years 10 - 12. 

All students, regardless of their current school, are welcome to apply and sit for the Scholarship test. Applicants who are unsuccessful are informed by letter. 

Students who apply for a Music Excellence Scholarship are also expected to sit for the ACER Scholarship examination, as the College requires that Music Excellence Scholarship holders should also be competent academic students. Please register online for the appropriate ACER scholarship examination as indicated above.  Sometime after the examination, auditions will be held for prospective Music Excellence Scholarship awardees.

*** NB. Please note, students who apply for a Music Excellence Scholarship in Years 10 - 12 must study Music as an elective subject in these years.

Students, who have applied for enrolment at A.B. Paterson College in year levels eligible for scholarship consideration, will be informed of the forthcoming examination. 

All Scholarships are reviewed each year and students must maintain their academic standing to retain their Scholarship. 

Students holding a student visa (subclass 500) are not eligible to register.

Registrations for 2022 scholarships will open in November 2020.

To access Scholarship Candidate Information, click on the document attached:

2021 Scholarship Candidate Information


Year Level of Application Scholarship Awarded for Year Levels
Year 6 (2021) ACER Level 1
Year 7 (2022)
Year 8 (2023)
Year 9 (2024)
Year 9 (2021) ACER Level 2
Year 10 (2022)
Year 11 (2023)
Year 12 (2024)
Year 10 (2021) ACER Level 3
Year 11 (2022)
Year 12 (2023)