Sisters of Mercy Music Bursary

In recognition of the rich musical traditions of Mercedes College, the Sisters of Mercy Perth offer a Music Bursary to encourage students to pursue music studies at Mercedes College. Applicants are expected to demonstrate exceptional musical potential and the desire to make an active contribution to the musical life of the College. The applicant must be a current student, or a student accepted for enrolment for the following year.

The Sisters of Mercy Music Bursary is awarded to a student who demonstrates outstanding musical potential, but whose family circumstances make music tuition difficult to access. The bursary covers two years of tuition through the College instrumental music program.

Students are expected to demonstrate a minimum standard of AMEB Grade 2 (or equivalent) in their audition, and must study elective Music as a classroom subject, as well as participate in the co-curricular music program, to be eligible for the bursary.

Candidates will be required to

  • present two contrasting pieces for audition
  • with a parent or guardian, attend an interview with the Principal, as part of the selection process

Music Bursary holders will be expected to

  • maintain a high level of achievement in their chosen area of music study
  • be an active member of an instrumental or vocal ensemble as appropriate
  • pursue the study of their instrument through the College instrumental music program
  • in Years 7-10, select Music as an elective subject of study

Applications close on Friday, 22 September 2023. Auditions will be held on a date to be confirmed early in Term 4, 2022.

Bursary applications are due at the end of Term 3 each year, with auditions taking place in Term 4. Bursaries are offered at the discretion of the Director of Music and Principal.

Students with a genuine love for music who participate fully in the program will benefit most from the financial support of a bursary. The desire or willingness to transfer to or pick up lessons on an instrument of need (such as oboe, horn, trombone or double bass) is also considered favourably.

Please direct any music bursary-related enquiries to Miss Jaimee Dixon-Hotchkin, Music Administrator (jaimee.hotchkin@mercedes.wa.edu.au).

  • Hire and service costs for an instrument (if required) will be covered by Mercedes College for the duration of the bursary. After this, hire/purchase of an instrument will become the responsibility of the family.
  • All other costs associated with the instrument are to be met by the family (books, instrument accessories).
  • In the case of prolonged absence from lessons or withdrawal from the instrumental program, parents would be required to reimburse the fees to the school. (At the discretion of the Principal).

Louise Allen-Arbuckle Music Scholarship

The Louise Allen-Arbuckle Music Scholarship was established by Mercedes College alumnus Louise Allen-Arbuckle (1976) in 2014, to nurture music students with exceptional musical talent and a passion for music. Louise was an accomplished violinist herself, a dedicated music teacher, and producer of many wonderful concert series throughout WA. Since Louise’s passing in 2016, the Mercedes College Alumni has generously agreed to take over responsibility of the music scholarship and continue Louise’s legacy.

The Louise Allen-Arbuckle Music Scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates outstanding musicianship and musical aptitude on their chosen instrument. The scholarship covers two years of tuition through the College instrumental music program.

Students are expected to demonstrate a minimum standard of AMEB Grade 4 (or equivalent) in their audition, and must study elective Music as a classroom subject, as well as participate in the co-curricular music program, to be eligible for the scholarship.

Candidates will be required to

  • present two contrasting pieces for audition, demonstrating the minimum standard of AMEB Grade 4 (or equivalent)
  • with a parent or guardian, attend an interview with the Principal as part of the selection process

Music Bursary holders will be expected to

  • maintain a high level of achievement in their chosen area of music study
  • be an active member of an instrumental or vocal ensemble as appropriate
  • pursue the study of their instrument through the College instrumental music program
  • in Years 7-10, select Music as an elective subject of study
  • fully support and contribute to the musical life of the College

Applications close on Friday, 22 September 2023. Auditions will be held on a date to be confirmed early in Term 4, 2022.

Scholarship applications are due at the end of Term 3 each year, with auditions taking place in Term 4. Scholarships are offered at the discretion of the Director of Music and Principal.

Students with a genuine love for music who participate fully in the program will benefit most from the financial support of a scholarship. The desire or willingness to transfer to or pick up lessons on an instrument of need (such as oboe, horn, trombone or double bass) is also considered favourably.

Please direct any music scholarship-related enquiries to Miss Jaimee Dixon-Hotchkin, Music Administrator (jaimee.hotchkin@mercedes.wa.edu.au).

  • Hire and service costs for an instrument (if required) will be covered by Mercedes College for the duration of the scholarship. After this, hire/purchase of an instrument will become the responsibility of the family.
  • All other costs associated with the instrument are to be met by the family (books, instrument accessories).
  • In the case of prolonged absence from lessons or withdrawal from the instrumental program, parents would be required to reimburse the fees to the school. (At the discretion of the Principal).

MADALAH Indigenous Scholarship Program

Families of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island descent are given the opportunity to engage in a Catholic school environment through scholarship opportunities for the education of their daughters.  Scholarships are offered annually and renewed on an annual basis, subject to a satisfactory review by the Principal.

MADALAH Limited is a not-for-profit organisation that offers secondary and tertiary education scholarships for Indigenous students, primarily from remote and regional communities, to WA’s leading schools and Australian universities.  MADALAH secondary scholarships provide support to students from Years 7-12.  These scholarships are administered by MADALAH on behalf of the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA).  We are a partner school with MADALAH and therefore enrolled students may be eligible.  For more information please visit www.madalah.com.au. For more information please contact enrolments@mercedes.wa.edu.au.

Mercedes College Alumni (MCA) Year 7 Scholarships

The MCA Scholarships are awarded to two students who have accepted a position to enter Year 7 the following year and whose mother is a supporting (financial) member of the Mercedes College Alumni. Two partial Scholarships to the value of $2,000 are available for incoming Year 7s. The Scholarships have been established to encourage and support the education of an ex-student’s daughter or granddaughter at Mercedes College. For more information contact mca@mercedes.wa.edu.au

Scholarship Details

  • These Scholarships will contribute $2000 towards College tuition fees for two incoming Year 7 students for 2024.
  • Applicants must be the daughter or granddaughter of a Mercedes College/ Our Lady’s College/ St Joseph’s College ex-student LIFE member.
  • Students must have accepted a place for Year 7 commencing in 2024 at Mercedes College.