Recognising excellence in academia, music, sport, performing arts and leadership
We encourage current and prospective students to apply for our scholarships and awards.
Our scholarships and awards have been established to acknowledge and foster the development of students with special talents and to encourage their contributions within the school and wider community. Our scholarships are highly competitive, and are open to current and prospective students.
Only students living permanently in Australia are eligible for scholarship examinations at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School. Students currently holding ongoing scholarships in another school are not eligible. Examinations and auditions are administered at one of our campuses.
We invite students with an outstanding academic record to apply for our Academic Scholarships. These scholarships offer full or part remission of tuition fees, and do not apply to school development or the composite fee component of annual fees.
Academic Scholarships continue to the conclusion of Year 12, conditional upon criteria including sound academic progress and active participation in the school’s co-curricular programme. The progress of recipients is reviewed annually.
Academic Scholarship Eligibility
Scholarships are available for new and continuing students entering Year 7. Scholarships are also available for new students entering Year 9 and Year 11
Students attempting to gain scholarship entry are required to sit the scholarship examination.
Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School students entering Year 9 or Year 11 do not sit the scholarship examination. Semester and examination results are used to assess eligibility.
Please note that students currently holding ongoing scholarships at another school will not be considered. Awards are also not available to overseas full fee paying students.
If shortlisted, the Scholarship applicants are required to bring a copy of their most recent school reports and NAPLAN test results to their interview. Applications may not be considered without a copy of these results.
Academic Scholarship Key Dates
Registrations for 2024 Academic Scholarships are closed.
Registrations for 2025 Academic Scholarships will open Friday 1 December, 2023.
Year Seven 2025 Academic Scholarship Examination will take place on Saturday 17 February, 2024. Registration closes Wednesday 7 February.
Year Nine and Eleven 2025 Academic Scholarship will take place on Saturday 16 March, 2024. Registration closes Wednesday 6 March.
Excellence in Music Scholarships
We invite students with outstanding musical ability to apply for an Excellence in Music Scholarship. Scholarship recipients will be required to commit to the school and its music programme. The progress of recipients is reviewed annually.
Excellence in Music Scholarships Eligibility
Excellence in Music Scholarships are available to students who wish to enter the school as well as those who already attend the school. Excellence in Music Scholarships are offered to students entering Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10 or Year 11. Students must apply in the year prior to the year of entry, that is, in Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9 or Year 10. Students currently holding ongoing scholarships at another school will not be considered. Scholarships are also not available to overseas full fee paying students.
Scholarship applicants are required to submit a copy of their most recent school reports and NAPLAN test results with their application. Applications may not be considered without a copy of these results.
To view 2025 Excellence in Music Scholarship terms and conditions, click here.
Applications for Excellence in Music Scholarships
Registrations for 2024 Excellence in Music Scholarships are now closed.
Registrations for 2025 Excellence in Music Scholarships will open Friday 1 December 2023.
Registrations close Wednesday 21 February, 2024.
Auditions will take place on Saturday 2 March, 2024.
General Excellence Awards
Our General Excellence Awards recognise sound academic achievement and outstanding ability in some or all of the following areas:
- Contribution to the performing arts, including music, drama and dance,
- Sporting achievements, and
- Leadership and contribution to school life and the wider community.
Students who have significant experience and achievement in some or all of these fields are invited to apply. A sound academic standard is also necessary. Award recipients will be required to commit to the school and its co-curricular programmes. The progress of recipients is reviewed annually.
General Excellence Eligibility
Both current students and students who wish to attend the school may apply for a General Excellence Award.
Only students entering Years 7 to 11 are eligible. Students currently holding ongoing scholarships in another school will not be considered. Awards are also not available to overseas full fee paying students.
Applications for General Excellence Awards
Candidates need to apply by completing the online application form which will be available at the bottom of this page when applications are open.
After reviewing all applications, the selection panel invites a shortlist of candidates to attend interviews. Original versions of the student’s latest school report and NAPLAN test results must be brought to the interview. Selection is by level of achievement and interview. Successful candidates will be notified by the Principal in writing and scholarships must be accepted within the stipulated time. The school’s decision is final and no subsequent discussion will be entered into.
Online applications for 2024 General Excellence Awards are now closed.
Online applications for 2025 entry will open Friday 1 March 2024.
Applications close Friday 19 July, 2024.