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.

2019 St Catherine's SCHOLARSHIPS will open Monday 27 November 2017.
The scholarship examination for girls entering 2019 will be held at St Catherine's School. The examination will commence on Saturday 10 March 2018 at 8.30am and will conclude at approximately 12.30pm. ​

academic scholarships ​​> open to girls entering year 7 in 2019​ 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 2019

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
>​ now closed

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

  • Bring a portfolio of their musical achievements to the audition, including examination results, general school reports and Naplan. 

Auditions will take place on Sunday 17 September 2017
Applications close Friday 1 September 2017


country boarding scholarships > OPEN TO EXTERNAL APPLICANTS ENTERING YEAR 7-11 in 2019, 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.​

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One scholarship is awarded every second year and is available for 2017. This scholarship is awarded to a daughter or granddaughter of a St Catherine's Old Girl who would enhance the academic life of the school, but whose financial situation precludes her from attending. The scholarship may cover partial or full tuition fees for schooling until the end of Year 12. 

Applicants for this scholarship should be able to demonstrate high academic ability and potential.​​​


​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. Request an application form.​ 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​

For further information, please contact: