Somerville House encourages academic excellence and personal growth.  To support this, the School and the Somerville House Foundation offer a range of scholarships for students in Years 7 to 12 each year. 

As a leading girls’ school for more than 120 years, Somerville House encourages academic success, personal growth, service learning and responsible stewardship.  

The Scholarship program provides opportunities for exceptional students who demonstrate academic excellence and support the values of the School. 

Each year a limited number of scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and/or equity (which may include hardship) to Australian students (citizens or residents).  If eligible, you are welcome to apply for more than one scholarship; however, only one scholarship can be awarded to a student. 

A number of full and partial scholarships are awarded due the generous support of the School and Somerville House Foundation benefactors.

The award of a scholarship is tenable for the student’s education at the School, subject to satisfactory academic performance and contribution to school life.


How to apply for a scholarship

All applicants are required to complete the ACER Academic Scholarship Test.   

Applications close Monday 7 February

STEP 1  

Register for the ACER Academic Scholarship Test - click here.  

STEP 2 

Click here to apply for a Somerville House Scholarship. 

Click here to apply for a Somerville House Foundation Scholarship.


Academic Scholarships

Each year, Somerville House awards academic scholarships commencing or continuing in the Senior School.  Selection is based on performance in the ACER Academic Scholarship Test. 

Boarding Scholarships

Boarding scholarships provide the opportunity for girls who demonstrate academic achievement in scholarship testing to study at Somerville House. This scholarship is awarded to a girl from regional or rural Queensland who will be commencing at Somerville House as a new boarder in Years 7 or 8.  Students are required to sit academic assessment at the School.

Foundation Scholarships

Each year, the Somerville House Foundation also offers a range of academic, music, sports or arts scholarships. The Foundation awards a limited number of full and partial scholarships on the basis of merit and/or equity to Australian students (citizens or residents). 

The majority of Foundation Scholarships (Sidonie Thompson Memorial Scholarship, 100% tuition from Year 7; Scholarship to honour Mrs E Gilchrist Scholarship, 50% tuition from Year 7; Scholarship in honour of Dr Russell Bird, Scholarship, 50% tuition from Year 7; and the Elizabeth Kirby Scholarships) are multi-year and currently allocated on a competitive basis, to students now enrolled at the School.

The award of a Foundation Scholarship is tenable for the student’s education at the School, subject to satisfactory academic performance and contribution to school life.


For the 2023 round the Foundation will offer the following scholarships:

Special Ability Scholarship

A Special Ability Scholarship was established for a student in Year 8 who, for financial reasons, would not normally be able to attend the School. 

Scholarships are tenable for up to five years to enable the successful student to complete Year 12. 

The Scholarship is for students who demonstrate special ability or talent in academic, music, sports or the arts who, for financial reasons, would not normally be able to attend the School. 

The Scholarship funds 60% of tuition.


The Editha Robinson Memorial Scholarship

The Memorial Scholarship is named in honour of former student and bequestor Editha Robinson née Bentley who graduated from Somerville House in 1931. The scholarship will be awarded to a talented student who would otherwise not be able to attend the School due to their financial circumstances. 

The Scholarship funds 50% of tuition for one student only for six years from Year 7.

The Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of merit or equity (which could include hardship) to Australian citizens or residents within Australia.

The scholarship recipient will be determined at the discretion of the Principal and a Foundation Director.

Dr Lorna Archibald Memorial Scholarship

The Memorial Scholarship is named in honour of former student and bequestor Dr Lorna Archibald who graduated from Somerville House in 1931. The scholarship will be awarded to a talented student who would otherwise not be able to attend the School due to their financial circumstances. 

The Scholarship funds 100% of tuition for one student only for six years from Year 7.

The Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of merit or equity (which could include hardship) to Australian citizens or residents within Australia.

The scholarship recipient will be determined at the discretion of the Principal and a Foundation Director.


Music Scholarships

Each year a limited number of scholarships are offered to talented Music students. To apply for a Music Scholarship, the minimum standard required is an A/Honours Grading in the following:

Brass
Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba - Grade 4

Percussion
Students can present on one or more instruments including Snare Drum, Marimba or Vibraphone - Grade 5

Piano

Grade 7

Strings

Double Bass - Grade 5
Viola/Cello - Grade 6 
Violin - Grade 7

Woodwind

Flute, Clarinet - Grade 5
Saxophone, Oboe, Bassoon - Grade 4

Currently, preference may be given to the following instruments as there is higher demand within the School’s ensemble program:

  • Bassoon
  • Double Bass
  • Euphonium
  • Oboe
  • Trombone
  • Tuba
Sport Scholarships

The School proudly offer a limited number of Sport Scholarships for students who have achieved outstanding results in their chosen sport.

In sport, examples of outstanding demonstration of ability include:

  • exceptional times in athletics, cross country or swimming; and/or
  • selection in State or higher teams.