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.


Applications for Year 7, 2022 

All Year 7 applicants must complete the ACER Academic Scholarship Test 

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. 

Applications for Years 8 to 11, 2022 
Step 1 

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; Elizabeth Gilchrist AO Scholarship, 50% tuition from Year 7; 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 2022 round the Foundation will offer the following scholarships:

The Sidonie Thompson Memorial Scholarship 

The Sidonie Thompson Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student who otherwise would 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 Foundation.

Senior School Scholarships 

The Foundation Senior School Scholarship (also called Foundation Scholarship), was established to enable academically gifted students to enter the School at Year 10 or Year 11. These students, for financial reasons, would not normally be able to attend Somerville House. 

The Scholarships funds 50% of tuition for one student and are tenable for up to three years to enable the successful student(s) to complete Year 12. 

The Assessment panel is to be comprised of, as a minimum, 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.