Somerville House has traditionally offered financial assistance through the provision of Scholarships and Bursaries to support diversity, equity and excellence at the School.

Through the generosity of our Foundation’s donors, a number of scholarships are awarded each year to students who might not ordinarily be able to access a Somerville House education. The majority of scholarships are multi-year and allocated on a competitive basis. The status of scholarships, and the year in which they will next become available, is captured in the Foundation Scholarships Schedule (PDF 139KB).

The Foundation also assists members of the School community experiencing financial difficulty through the provision of bursaries.

Named Scholarships

These Scholarships are administered through an arrangement directly between the School and a Foundation donor or as specified in a gift-in-will.

Dr Lorna Archibald Memorial Scholarship

Dr Lorna Archibald (Class of 1931) left a significant bequest to the School to fund a Scholarship in perpetuity. The Dr Lorna Archibald Memorial Scholarship was established to assist a boarding student with demonstrated academic excellence. A student with musical talent would be viewed favourably. The Scholarship funds 50% of tuition for one student only for six years.

Sidonie Thompson Memorial Scholarship

The Sidonie Thompson Memorial Scholarship, was established in honour of a former student at the School. The Scholarship funds 100% of tuition for one student only for six years and is awarded to a high achieving student who would otherwise not be able to attend the School.

The Elizabeth Kirby Scholarship

The Elizabeth Kirby Scholarships, were established in honour of a former student at the School. The Scholarships fund varying proportions of tuition for four students. These scholarships have been allocated and are no longer available. 

The Elizabeth Gilchrist AO Scholarship*

The Elizabeth Gilchrist AO Scholarship* was established for a new student who demonstrates excellence in academic, music, sports or the arts to enter the School in Year 7 and who, for financial reasons, would not normally be able to access a Somerville education. The Scholarship funds 50% of tuition for one student only, from Years 7 through to Year 12.

Dr Russell Bird Scholarship*

Dr Russell Bird Scholarship* was established for a new student who demonstrates excellence in academic, music, sports or the arts to enter the School in Year 7 and who, for financial reasons, would not normally be able to access Somerville education. The Scholarship funds 50% of tuition for one student only, from Years 7 through to Year 12.

* Scholarships funded by the Foundation, are named in honour of individuals who have made a significant contribution to the Foundation.

General Fund Scholarships

These Foundation Scholarships do not meet the criteria for funding by the Scholarship & Bursary Fund (SBF) so are funded from the General Fund. The Assessment panel is to be comprised of, as a minimum, the Principal and a Foundation Director.

Senior School Scholarships

Foundation Senior School Scholarships, also called Foundation Scholarships, were established to enable academically gifted students to enter the School at Year 10 or 11. These students, for financial reasons, would not normally be able to attend the School. Scholarships are tenable for up to three years to enable the successful student(s) to complete Year 12.

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.

Career Development Scholarship

The Career Development Scholarship, offered jointly by the Somerville House Foundation and the Old Girls’ Association, is to go towards a specific and approved project that will further a Year 12 student’s career aspirations. The $10,000 award is funded by the Foundation. 

The judging panel is comprised of representatives from the Somerville House Foundation, The Old Girls’ Association and the Dean of Academic Programs. As a part of the award the Old Girls’ Association (OGA) will provide the Scholarship recipient with an opportunity to participate in the OGA Mentoring Program.