Melbourne Principals' Scholarship

Information for schools

What is the Melbourne Principals' Scholarship?

The Melbourne Principals’ Scholarship is a one-off $5000 allowance awarded to talented students undertaking their final year of Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or International Baccalaureate at a school in Victoria. Students must show a strong record of academic performance and contribution to their school or the wider community.

This scholarship complements others offered by the University, such as the Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship for high-achieving students and the Melbourne Access Scholarship for students who are experiencing disadvantaged circumstances.

How does selection for this scholarship work?

Schools (including schools with multiple campuses) are invited to nominate one student undertaking their final year of VCE or IB. The student must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen who intends to study at the University after completing their VCE or IB.

Schools should consider potential candidates for:

  1. Academic achievement
    Students with an excellent academic record based on their results to date. They are likely on track to achieve a first-class ATAR result that meets the minimum ATAR for a University of Melbourne undergraduate degree (including Graduate Degree Packages and Access Melbourne).
  1. Engagement
    Students who contribute to their school or the wider community. This can include consistent performance in sport, fine arts or music, or involvement and leadership in services to the community, fundraising projects, or volunteer opportunities.

Principals can use their discretion to assess academic merit and community contribution before nominating one student (from all campuses) that best meets these criteria.

To nominate a student, you’ll need to complete a short online form including two statements (300-500 words each) addressing the two areas of achievement.

When does the nomination form open?

We sent a nomination form link to Victorian schools in June. If your school submitted an application last year but didn’t receive an email this year, please get in touch via the email below.

When do nominations need to be submitted?

Nominations for 2023 close on 30 November 2022.

When will the student be notified of the outcome?

Within 2 weeks of submission of the nomination.

What are the conditions of the scholarship?

The student must receive a course offer for an undergraduate degree (including a Graduate Degree Package) at the University of Melbourne and commence their course in the year after completing their VCE or IB. The scholarship can be deferred to the following academic year.

Further queries

If you have any further queries, please contact Melbourne Scholarships via email:

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