We’re all looking for educational opportunities for our children to help nurture their bright, young minds. One such avenue is a scholarship position at a private school. If you’ve noticed that your primary school child has a knack for writing, mathematics, music or sports, a scholarship could be an appealing option. 

Read on to discover the requirements, advantages and costs associated with scholarships to find out if pursuing one would support the needs of your family.

Understanding scholarships

As the demand for quality education rises, certain private schools around Australia are offering more scholarships and bursaries to children in years 4 and 5 who demonstrate an aptitude for academia or talent in other areas. 

These scholarships are designed to identify students who can contribute dynamically to the school’s community. In return, the school offers tuition reimbursement. Some cover the entire school fee while others only cover a percentage. Bursaries are also available to support students from lower socio-economic groups and Indigenous Australian students.

Have your child work out their ‘why’

These scholarships are limited and the application process can be fiercely competitive. While you might see great potential in your child attending a particular school, the real motivation needs to come from your child. Plus, a scholarship isn’t a universally wonderful opportunity for every student, as each child varies in their dreams and aspirations. Understanding why a scholarship is important for your child and what they will gain from it is key. Perhaps they have their heart set on becoming a professional musician one day, or they thrive in the face of academic challenges? This reason becomes the fire to fuel their success.

Do your research on the offering and school

“Parents need to read the fine print when it comes to scholarship details because schools have different offerings,” C3 Founder Christine advises.

Scholarships generally involve a written test, which varies based on the subject. Academic scholarships require academic tests, while music scholarships could involve both written tests and a performance. Depending on the school, athletic scholarships might require only proof of sporting achievements or additionally, an academic exam. 

Beyond the scholarship offering, parents and children should get a feel for the school’s culture and environment by visiting open days, as well as speaking with current or former students. 

To browse a current list of participating schools visit the ISSB website.

Factor in the financial investment

At a glance, one might think that if a school covers a child’s tuition, financial concerns are eliminated. However, Christine cautions that the additional expenses associated with private schools can still add up.

“You have to take into account that your uniform is going to cost you. Plus the excursions that you still have to pay for on top of your school fees, and petrol if the school is out of the area,” she says.

Discuss the commitments as a family

“It’s not just taking, but giving back to the school. That’s the beauty of being a scholar – the school has a vested interest in you and they want to see you grow in the area that they see talent. It’s really a two-way street,” Christine emphasises. 

That’s why it’s essential to understand the long-term expectations of the scholarship and discuss whether your child is willing and able to meet them. It will help if they are self-motivated and driven, as they will need to maintain high standards over the course of 5 years. This might look like studying on weekends or showing up for music rehearsals each week.

Enlist C3 tutors for guidance

If you and your child decide you want to go for a scholarship, C3 Education Group is here to help. Our tutors, experienced in guiding students to scholarship success, possess in-depth knowledge of these entrance exams and their marking criteria. However, our focus extends beyond just exam preparation. Our aim is to broaden your child’s overall knowledge and boost their confidence in exam situations.

To discuss your child’s specific needs, please reach out to us at 1300 235 437 (1300 C3 KIDS) or fill out our Contact Form. A member of our staff will be in touch!