St Catherine’s offers a variety of scholarships that reflect the academic and inclusive nature of our learning philosophies. Scholarship holders demonstrate a high level of commitment to their studies, contribute positively to school life, maintain excellent behaviour and uphold the School’s virtues and values.


For Indigenous students scholarships, please refer to the dedicated section below.

Application process and criteria:

St Catherine's  offers a number of scholarships providing full or part remission from academic tuition fees (excluding levies). A scholarship is awarded on portfolio, the results of an examination and a successful interview.​

1. All candidates must sit the Academic Assessment Services examination on Saturday 11 March 2017. No alternate dates are offered. The Scholarship examination is held at the school. ​

2. All applications for scholarship examinations must be made online through Academic Assessment Services.​ Please click on the Apply button.


3. All applicants must submit an Application to Register for Enrolment form (excluding St Catherine's students). Please click on the Enrol button. 


4. Candidates must submit a portfolio of relevant awards and achievements, her two most recent school reports, and her NAPLAN results. Provide copies only. The applicant must also write in her own words, her reasons for applying for the scholarship and her current and future goals.

Please submit the student's portfolio to: 
St Catherine's School
c/ Enrolments Manager (STC 18)
26 Albion Street, Waverley, NSW 2024

The scholarhips cover full or part remission of tuition fees (excluding levies) for the duration of the scholarship. All other expenses are to be met at the full rate. 

Successfully shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview with the Headmistress or her delegate in April 2017. ​

Application fee: AU$110


Music portfolio and registration closing date: Friday 10 February 2017 ​

Academic / All Rounder / Country boarding scholarship portfolio submission and registration closing date: Friday 3 March 2017


All Scholarship examination date: Saturday 11 March 2017​

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academic scholarships ​​> open to girls entering year 7 in 2018​ only 

The School awards scholarships each year to girls who are considered to have exceptional academic ability and potential.

St Catherine's academic scholarship > Open to St Catherine's students only
This scholarship is awarded to a girl who has attended St Catherine's Junior School for one year or longer. The scholarship covers full tuition fees for six years of secondary schooling.

Fielding scholarship > Open to St Catherine's and external candidates | Rewarded for academic excellence
This scholarship is from a 1992 bequest from the Fielding sisters – Una, Erica, Daisye, Enid and Ruth, students at St Catherine's School between 1900 and 1918. The scholarship covers full tuition fees for six years of secondary schooling.​

General academic scholarships > Open to St Catherine's and external candidates
These scholarships may cover partial or full tuition fees for six years of secondary schooling. The number of scholarships awarded each year depends on the particular candidature.

Claremont academic scholarship > Open to Claremont College applicants only
This scholarship may cover partial or full tuition fees for six years of secondary schooling. The scholarship may not be awarded each year, dependent on the candidature.​


all-rounder scholarships > open to external applicants only entering year 7-10 in 2018

Offered to a girl entering Years 7-10 from outside the school who exhibits excellence in a particular performance area such as sport or the arts, and who will significantly enhance the life of the School. Applicants should be of sound academic ability, and will be expected to contribute to the life of the school in their particular performance area. This is an occasional scholarship, so may not be offered each year. It may cover partial or full tuition fees until the end of Year 12. 

(A letter of recommendation from her coach or tutor might be requested)

music scholarships > open to st catherine's students and external applicants  entering year 7-11 in 2018

St Catherine's School has a long tradition of promoting excellence in music through our scholarship program. We are looking for gifted students who have a passion for music and wish to see their dedication celebrated and nurtured. Our music scholarship students are required to study music in their academic program and contribute fully to the musical life of the School through ensembles and performances. Ensembles include senior orchestra, string ensembles, concert bands, stage bands, choirs and chamber ensembles.

Applicants should have highly developed skills on their preferred instrument. Our music department can help you with more information on the standards we look for.  Scholarships are awarded primarily on the basis of audition, with reference to school reports. The audition will include sight reading, aural tests and an interview and students will also be asked to:

  • Present two contrasting pieces on their preferred instrument.

  • Present an additional piece on a second instrument if they choose.

  • Provide their own accompanist, if needed.

Closing date for portfolios: Friday 10 February 2017
Audition date:  Sunday 26 February 2017


country boarding scholarships > OPEN TO EXTERNAL APPLICANTS ENTERING YEAR 7-11 in 2018, MEANS RELATED

In 1856 St Catherine's School was established as a boarding school for the daughters of clergy. Country boarding scholarships reflect the School's continuing commitment to providing outstanding educational opportunities for girls from rural areas.

Country boarding scholarships are awarded each year to girls entering Years 7-11 who demonstrate sporting and or academic ability and commitment to study, but whose financial situation precludes them from attending the school.  

The scholarships may cover partial or full tuition fees for schooling until the end of Year 12. They do not cover boarding fees, which are always the responsibility of the family. It is a condition of the scholarship that the recipient remains a boarder for the duration of her time at St Catherine's.

Because country boarding scholarships are means-related, families are required to submit their ATO Notice of Assessments for the past two years and a statement of net worth, signed by an accounting professional. All information will be treated confidentially and financial documents will be returned when the scholarship process is complete.​


​The St Catherine's Indigenous education program is proudly supported by the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) to offer Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students access to outstanding educational opportunities for secondary schooling. These scholarships are open to Indigenous students who wish to be boarders at the school.

AIEF scholarships are targeted at students who have the requisite enthusiasm, aspiration and commitment to complete Year 12 and transition to a sustainable career. Students with demonstrated family support are significantly more likely to achieve this outcome and, as a measure of this support, a financial commitment of a minimum of $400 per term is required for those eligible for full ABSTUDY benefits; otherwise parental income directly determines the amount of the financial contribution.

The following information is required when applying for an Indigenous scholarship:

  • a letter from your local AECG, or Head of School, supporting your application ​student's two most recent school and NAPLAN reports [no original copies] 
  • copies of any awards or certificates
  • ​the following 3 completed forms​​​​​: 

​1. ​​2017 AIEF Scholarship Application Form
2. AIEF School Confirmation Form
3. Application to register for enrolment at St Catherine's School.​ The $200 registration fee will be waived.

Consideration will also be given to academic progress, commitment to study, and participation in co-curricular and other school and community activities.


Application and all supportive documentation must be submitted to the School by Friday 23 June 2017

Students applying for the Indigenous scholarship will not be required to sit the examination. 

Please submit the student's portfolio: 
St Catherine's School 
c/ Enrolments Manager (IBS 18)
26 Albion Street, Waverley, NSW 2024​

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