Scholarships

Somerset College is offering The Craig Bassingthwaighte, Academic, General Excellence and Music Scholarships for children who excel, have a love of learning and are enthusiastic about embracing the co-curricular life offered at the College. Scholarships are now open for students entering Years 7, 9, 10 and 11 in 2025.

Applications are NOW OPEN!

Submissions for Scholarships in 2025 will close 29 February, 2024.

We encourage all those in the eligible year levels to apply.

Please note, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

The Craig Bassingthwaighte Scholarship

The Craig Bassingthwaighte Scholarship was established by the College in 2021 to mark Mr Bassingthwaighte’s Headship which has always prioritised student outcomes and opportunities.

With a focus on identifying and enrolling talented first-generation students whose family circumstances would preclude enrolment at Somerset, Bassingthwaighte Scholars are eligible to receive financial support up to the full cost of tuition.

The goal of the Bassingthwaighte Scholarship is to allow high achieving students from a family with no current affiliation with the College, to participate fully in the Somerset Experience.

The Scholarship is available to students entering Years 10 or 11. This scholarship will be in place until the normal time of graduation in Year 12.

This scholarship is awarded to students who are well-rounded and able to provide evidence of exemplary standards of effort, progress, and behaviour at school. Successful applicants must be able to demonstrate evidence of potential to commit to the College’s academic, cocurricular and leadership programmes.

Somerset College’s financial assistance programme hinges on parents financing their children’s education to the extent they are able.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Academic Scholarship

Applications are available to students in Years 7, 9, 10 and 11.

Academic Scholarships will be awarded to students who have demonstrated a high standard of academic achievement across a broad range of disciplines. It is the College’s expectation students will continue to maintain these standards. 

In addition, scholarship recipients will be expected to contribute to the Somerset College community with enthusiasm and commitment.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed.

Scholarships are awarded at the Headmaster’s discretion and any remission of fees applies to the tuition fee only.

Scholarships are awarded for the duration of the student’s Senior School education at Somerset College provided the recipient continues to be fully involved in College activities and meets all expectations. This forms part of the agreement signed between the parents and the College.

General Excellence Scholarship

Applications are available to students in Years 7, 9, 10 and 11.

General Excellence Scholarships are awarded to students who achieve excellence in areas such as sport, cultural activities, leadership and service.

Scholarship recipients must aspire to achieve excellence, demonstrate integrity and value difference. Students will also engage in the Somerset Experience with enthusiasm.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed.

Scholarships are awarded at the Headmaster’s discretion and any remission of fees applies to the tuition fee only.

Scholarships are awarded for the duration of the student’s Senior School education at Somerset College provided the recipient continues to be fully involved in College activities and meets all expectations. This forms part of the agreement signed between the parents and the College.

Music Scholarship

Applications are available to students in Year 7.

Music Scholarships will be awarded to applicants who demonstrate a commitment to academic improvement and excellence in the performing arts.

Preference may be given to applicants who can play one or more of the following instruments: Clarinet, Bassoon, French Horn, lower brass instruments, lower Saxophones, and Double Bass.

The Head of Department - Performing Arts will invite a number of students to audition with their preferred instrument.

Scholarships are awarded at the Headmaster’s discretion and any remission of fees applies to the tuition fee only unless otherwise specified.

Scholarships are awarded for the duration of the student’s Senior School education provided the recipient continues to be fully involved in College activities, especially the Performing Arts Programme and meets all expectations. This forms part of the agreement signed between the parents and the College.

All applicants will be required to note the following in their Personal Statement when applying online:

  • AMEB certificates
  • Supporting material providing specific details of the applicant’s musical experience and achievements.
  • Years studying the instrument
  • Examinations passed
  • Performance highlights