Bursaries and Scholarships

Since its foundation in 1891, St Joseph’s Nudgee College has been committed to providing access to Catholic education for all boys, regardless of individual family financial circumstances. Each year the College will provide a limited number of Bursaries and Scholarships to students, who might otherwise be excluded from the College for financial reasons. The Bursaries and Scholarships are means-tested, confidential and reviewed annually.



Blessed Edmund Rice wanted his schools to be open to all classes of people, rich and poor alike. In keeping with our Catholic education in the tradition of Blessed Edmund Rice, the principal criterion for the provision of financial assistance from the Bursary/Scholarship Fund is a demonstrable, means-tested inability to afford a Nudgee College education.

While the criteria might appear to be demanding, the College has substantial responsibilities to ensure that the Bursary/Scholarship Funds monies are distributed with equity, confidentiality and compassion at all times.  Each case will be judged on its merits and, where appropriate, the Principal and the bursary committee will exercise their discretionary to apply for assistance.

Assistance from the College will be provided to students and families who, in the opinion of the Bursary Committee, will be significant contributors to the College community. The focus will be on generous endeavours in a variety of fields, rather than solely on academic or co-curricular talent. In brief, the two-way street of mutual benefit must be obvious – the College provides financial support with the clear expectation that the student and family will contribute to the College in whatever way possible.

Assistance is provided with the understanding of the obligation of strict confidentiality is incumbent on both the recipient family and the College Bursary Committee overseeing the management of the Bursary Funds. The College grants a Bursary to a student on the understanding that it is a debt of honour. In other words, it is expected that the recipient will do all in his power to repay that debt sometime in the future and give another young man the chance to have a Bursary place at St Joseph’s Nudgee College.



The Bursary Committee takes responsibility for the application of means and other tests to establish applicants’ financial capabilities. Financial assistance from the Bursary Committee is given on a demonstrated needs basis. The provision of complete supporting financial documentation is necessary before any application can be processed. 

Preference in the decision-making process will be given to families who are obviously committed to the Nudgee College values - faith, courage, authenticity, community, excellence and justice. 

It is important that applications for Bursary/Scholarship assistance are made at the same time as applications for enrolment in the College. A family who has already accepted an offer of enrolment from the College is deemed on financial grounds to be ineligible for Bursary assistance.

Bursary/ Scholarship assistance is available only to an Australian citizen or permanent resident from Year 7 to Year 11 when the funds will allow it.

Financial assistance from the Bursary Committee is given on an individual student basis. In the interests of sharing this assistance among as many families as possible, the presumption should be that a family is likely to receive only one Bursary, the sibling discount will still apply.

In each instance, the parents or carers are asked to:

  • Complete the Application form and return to the College as soon as possible.
  • Collect and submit the relevant supporting documentation with your application.
  • Be proactive in notifying the College Credit Manager of your change of circumstances throughout your application or time at the College.
  • If required, meet with the Credit Manager to discuss your situation.


Who can apply?

Application for assistance is open to the public at large and may include pupils enrolled at Nudgee College.

Families experiencing genuine financial hardship. The College does not have the capacity to provide Bursaries and Scholarships for all applications. A priority list will be determined upon review of the written applications received and interviews.

Please Note: Nudgee College does not offer 100% Bursaries or Scholarships.  Parents / Carers are supported through a Bursary / Scholarship, a percentage of fees and ancillary charges are payable by Parents / Carers. Each application is assessed on a case by case basis and treated confidentially at all times. Parents / Carers are required to briefly list the percent of Bursary / Scholarship required between 5% and 75% and reason for applying.


How to Apply

If you feel you meet the above criteria, please complete the Bursary and Scholarship application form (please click here).

Submit the application (with all required supporting documentation) to the Admissions Department via email

The application deadline is listed below for each category.

The financial assessment will include:

  • PAYG:
    • Previous two years tax returns along with the two most recent payslips 
    • This should include the most recent PAYG Summary / ATO Notice of Assessment
    • Signed and witnessed statement of Assets & Liabilities 
  • Self Employed (Partnerships & Company) / Trusts / Includes Individuals with Trust structure:
    • Previous two years tax returns plus a statement of Profit & Loss and Balance Sheet for each year
    • Most recent taxation returns for individual names, company & trusts
    • A copy of current Tax Portal for Company, Trust & Individuals

Please note: In some instance, an interview may be required with the Finance Credit Manager, you will be contacted by the College with an appointment time to discuss the financial situation

The Bursaries and Scholarships

Academic Scholarship

  • Accepting applications for 2022. Applications close on the 31 March 2021
  • Five Academic scholarships are on offer in Years 7 and 8, along with limited positions in Years 9 to 11. 

ACER Scholarship testing

Testing details:

  • Date: Saturday 27 February 2021
  • Time: 8.30am to 12.30pm
  • Location: Nudgee College (testing is available to distance and overseas students with the cooperation of your current school, fees apply).



  • Applications close at midnight AEDST on Monday 8 February 2021 (no late applications accepted).

Click here to register for the ACER Scholarship testing at Nudgee College


Musical Scholarship

    • Accepting applications for 2022. Applications close on the 31 March 2021
    • At least two Musical scholarships are on offer in each Years 7, 8 and 9.


Bush Boarding Bursary

  • Accepting applications for 2022. Applications close on the 30 June 2021
  • A total of five Bush Boarding Bursaries will be awarded in either Years 7, 8, 9 or 10.


Boarding and Isolated Children & Parents’ Association Bursary


Indigenous Education Program

  • Five Indigenous Education Program Scholarships will be awarded in Year 7, along with limited positions in Years 8 to 10.
  • Accepting applications for Year 7 in 2022 and 2023, preference will be given to rural and remote community students. Applications close on the 31 March 2021
  • Funded through the Australian Indigenous Education Program (AIEF)


 Jack Ross Bursary


School Captain/Leadership Scholarship

  • Accepting applications for 2022. The application deadline is 31 March 2021.
  • Two School Captain/Leadership Scholarships will be awarded in Year 7.


College Bursary

  • Accepting applications for 2022. Applications close on the 31 March 2021
  • A total of five College Bursaries will be awarded in either Years 7, 8, 9 or 10.