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The promotion of excellence is an important part of the Mernda Hills Christian College vision and scholarships are one way that excellence across a range of areas can be promoted. Scholarships are available for current students and those applying for entry into the College.

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Scholarship Program

Mernda Hills Christian College aims to nurture the overall development of each student. The Scholarship program at Mernda Hills recognises student excellence and includes opportunities across various elements of our students' growth – Academic, Leadership and Co-Curricular. Scholarship recipients demonstrate excellence in one or more of these areas and commit to contributing to college life while supporting its Christian ethos.

All Scholarship applicants are required to complete an online application form. From there, shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview at the school. They may also be asked to sit a test at that time.

The scholarship award is held to a high standard and is limited, but is not bound to a specific quota. Due to this, there may be some years where few or no scholarships are awarded and other years where many worthy candidates are unsuccessful due to high competition for limited places.

Successful applicants receive a 50% reduced tuition component of their school fees for the duration of the scholarship period. Recipients of a Mernda Hills Christian College scholarship are required to maintain consistently high academic efforts and display College values through their behaviour.

Scholarships Offered

Level 1 Scholarships Level 2 Scholarships
For students entering Years 7-9. For students entering Years 10-12.
- Academic Excellence - Academic Excellence
- Co-Curricular Excellence - Co-Curricular Excellence
- Leadership Excellence - Leadership Excellence

How to Apply

To apply for a scholarship, click the following link and complete the online application form.

  • Sections 1, 2, 7 and 8 may be completed by the parent or student.
  • Sections 3-6 must be completed by the student in their own words.
  • Applicants must submit a 30-60 second video supporting their application.
  • Applicants must provide two most recent academic reports.
  • Applicants must obtain three written references. Referees may use the Referee Statement template or address the subject in their own way. For existing students, one of these referees can be a teacher from the college.
    • References should address the following criteria:
      • One character reference
      • One reference regarding the scholarship category
      • One education behavioural reference (a statement about the student's school-based behaviour from an educator)
    • The following people may be used as referees:
      • Pastor
      • Professional
      • Coach
      • Community Leader
      • Teacher or Principal
      • Mentor or Manager



Scholarship Categories

Academic Excellence Scholarship

  • Academic Excellence Scholarships are aimed at students entering Year 7 and Year 10, and provide a 50% discount on tuition fees until the end of Year 9 and the end of Year 12 respectively.

  • Open to both internal and external students.

  • Scholarships are awarded based on student achievement, measured by previous academic results and internal testing.

  • Recipients must maintain an 'Above Standard' academic performance across all core subjects (ie. English, Mathematics, Biblical Studies, Science and Humanities).

  • Recipients must also continuously display College values through their behaviour.

Co-Curricular Excellence Scholarship

  • Co-Curricular Excellence Scholarships are aimed at students entering Year 7 and Year 10, and provide a 50% discount on tuition fees until the end of Year 9 and the end of Year 12 respectively.

  • Open to both internal and external students.

  • Applicants must demonstrate high achievement and continuing commitment in a particular extracurricular area (eg. music, sport, visual arts).

  • Recipients must maintain an 'At Standard or Above' academic performance across all core subjects (ie. English, Mathematics, Biblical Studies, Science and Humanities).

  • Recipients must also continuously display College values through their behaviour.

Leadership Excellence Scholarship

  • Leadership Excellence Scholarships are aimed at senior students who are passionate about leadership and are looking for opportunities to grow their skills and understanding of leadership. It provides a 50% discount on tuition fees for up to three years.

  • Open to both internal and external students.

  • Applicants are expected to be actively leading in a club, project or initiative, and preferably will be currently involved in leadership roles within their school.

  • Recipients must maintain an 'At Standard or Above' academic performance across all core subjects (ie. English, Mathematics, Biblical Studies, Science and Humanities).

  • Recipients must also continuously display College values through their behaviour.

Scholarship Process

1. Application

Applications open for all Scholarships approximately 12 months prior to the award year (ie. If your child is applying for a scholarship in 2025, registrations will open from January 2024). Once registrations open, the link to register will be found on the College website. Applications close at the end of May each year.


2. Interview

Applicants will be shortlisted based on their applications. Those who are shortlisted will receive an invitation for interview at the school. Applicants for the Academic scholarship may also be asked to sit an academic test at this time.

Applicants who do not make it to the shortlist will be notified in writing before the interview period.


3. Outcome

All shortlisted applicants will receive a written notification of the outcome of their application approximately 6 weeks after the interview period.


PLEASE NOTE: Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Scholarship committee. All decisions from the committee are final and no further discussion or consultation will take place.

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