Scholarships and Bursaries Enrolments

The St Rita’s College Scholarship and Bursary program supports education opportunities for young women from families who, without financial assistance, would not be able to afford a St Rita’s College education.

Applicants should excel, or have the potential to excel, in academic, music or sporting disciplines. Both programs are means-tested, application-based programs and both carry the requirement for applicants to sit the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) Scholarship Selection Test.

The program is open to current and prospective students of the College across the Year levels of 7-12.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES FOR 2021 ENTRY

Applications OPEN Tuesday 3 September 2019 and close on Monday 10 February 2020.

About the St Rita’s Scholarship and Bursary Program

Nano Nagle was the founder of the Presentation Sisters, whose courage and hope in providing education to the poor children of the City of Cork was unfailing during the Penal Laws era of the eighteenth century. Along with that of St Rita of Cascia, after whom St Rita’s College is named, Nano Nagle’s mission and vision for the education of women and girls continues to provide guidance to the St Rita’s College community. 

In following in the footsteps of Nano Nagle, a number of Scholarships and the Nano Nagle Bursary are offered by the College to girls from families who without financial assistance would not be able to attend St Rita’s and experience the benefits of a St Rita’s College education.

Applications are open to current and prospective students of the College across the Year levels of 7-12.  A Scholarship or Bursary may be awarded for 25%-100% remission of tuition fees.

The Scholarship and Nano Nagle Bursary programs are means-tested application-based programs. The College Principal and Scholarship and Bursary Management Committee has stewardship over disbursements made for the programs.

Scholarships and Bursaries are awarded for one or more years and not more than a maximum of six years. A Bursary awarded for a period longer than one year will be subject to annual review by the Principal.

The Scholarship or Bursary amount is not paid by any means to the student or parent/guardian. The monies are applied from the St Rita’s College Scholarship Fund to St Rita’s College Ltd and credited to the fee account of the student. The College holds the right to revoke a Scholarship or Bursary should information leading to the awarding of a Scholarship or Bursary be found to be false or misleading or the awarded student is found to be in breach of College policies.

Minimum eligibility criteria:

Academic: Evidence of school academic reports for the past three years and reference from school Principal in verification

Music: Minimum of Grade 5 AMEB held at time of application and audition if shortlisted

Sport: Minimum of State Representation held at time of application

Additionally:

  • Applying for and Sitting of ACER Scholarship Examination. Late applications are not accepted.
  • Submission of the St Rita’s College Scholarship and Bursary Application by the due date. Late applications are not accepted.
  • Copies of parental/guardian taxation returns; a statement of assets, liabilities, income and expenditure for the previous 12 months; bank statements not more than 12 months in issue and/or government agency payment information submitted with St Rita’s College Scholarship and Bursary Application.
  • If shortlisted Student and Family attend an interview with the Principal.
  • Student will be enrolled at the College for no less than one year.
  • Commitment to the academic and/or cocurricular learning expectations of the College.
  • Student is committed to the Catholic faith.
  • Commitment to involvement in College life.
  • Commitment to the ethos of St Rita’s College.
  • Adherence to all aspects of the Student Behaviour Code.
  • Student is an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia.

Applying for a Scholarship or Bursary

Applying for a Scholarship is a two-part process: All scholarship and bursary applicants are required to sit the ACER Scholarship Selection Test as well as submit the St Rita’s College Scholarship and Bursary Application form.

  1. All Applicants for the 2021 College Scholarship and Bursary program are required to sit the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) Scholarship Selection Test which will be held at the College on the morning of Saturday 29 February 2020. A fee payable to ACER applies to this Test. Applications open on Tuesday 3 September 2019 and close on Monday 10 February 2020.  St Rita’s College does not allow ACER to accept late applications. A link to the ACER website is provided below.
  2. All Applicants are also required to submit the St Rita’s College Scholarship and Bursary Application Form which can be downloaded from the link provided below. This application, at the time of submission, must be accompanied by all required information. Applications open on Tuesday 3 September 2019 and close on Monday 10 February 2020. St Rita’s College will not accept late applications. A link to the Application form is provided below.

The ACER Scholarship Tests are used by schools across Australia to identify academically able students for the awarding of scholarships and bursaries. The tests are issued independently under the ownership of ACER. Schools merely provide the venue for the sitting of the test. The test explores a range of skills such as the ability to interpret, infer, deduce and think critically. The tests are not curriculum based and do not test the ability to retrieve learned knowledge. ACER marks the test papers and provides a report back to the school. ACER also provides a copy of the report to parents.

Applicants are shortlisted in March by the College’s Scholarship and Bursary Committee following the receipt of the ACER Scholarship results. This committee includes the College Principal, representatives of the College Board and the College Business Manager. Shortlisted applicants, accompanied by at least one parent, will be required to attend an interview with the College Principal.

A Letter of Offer from the Principal to successful applicants will be made to families following interview. To confirm acceptance of an Offer, return of the signed Agreement will be required by the due date.

The families of unsuccessful applicants will receive a letter of unsuccessful notification from the Principal.

Applicants are advised to read all material provided on this webpage prior to considering applying.

Sitting of the ACER Scholarship Examination

All applicants for a Scholarship or Bursary at St Rita’s College are required to sit the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).  Visit (ACER site)

The ACER Scholarship Test for students applying for Scholarship or Bursary consideration to enter the College in 2021 will be held on Saturday 29 February 2020 at St Rita’s College. Students are to arrive at the College by 8:15am, for an 8:45am start. The examination will finish at approximately 12:00pm.

Registration for the ACER Test is separate to that of the College Application form and is done directly through ACER.  A registration fee of $130.00 is payable at the time of registering. ACER Test Registrations for 2021 Scholarship and Bursary consideration open on Tuesday 3 September 2019 and close on Monday 10 February 2020.  St Rita’s College does not allow ACER to accept late applications. 

Scholarship applicants should select the appropriate ACER Scholarship Examination Level when completing the online application at this link:

Level 1 For students who will be in Years 7 or 8 in 2021.

Level 2 For students who will be in Years 9 or 10 in 2021. 

Level 3 For students who will be in Years 11 or 12 in 2021.