Scholarships

Damascus College offers four separate scholarship programs for current Damascus students.

Applications open in early September and close in mid October each year.  This web page will be updated with other open and close dates as they become available each year.

Damascus College Internal Scholarship - NOW CLOSED

One in each category of Academic, Sport and the Arts. The eligible candidate is selected from students going into Years 8 to 12.

Value: $2,000 towards the fees for the following year.

Applications open in early September and close in mid October each year.

Dorothy Griffin Scholarship - NOW CLOSED

Contributed by the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea for one boy and one girl going into Year 11.

Value: $2,000 awarded to the successful students.

Applications open in early September and close in mid October each year.

Dorothy Irene Ellis-Thomas Scholarship - NOW CLOSED

Contributed by the Dorothy Irene Ellis-Thomas Foundation to one boy and one girl completing his or her VCE or equivalent who is entering or pursuing a course at a University or other tertiary education institution.

Value: $2,000 each.

Applications open in early September and close in mid October each year.

Dr Yvonne Aitken Scholarship

Contributed by the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea, this scholarship is awarded to the Dux of the College to support a hard working student with future tertiary learning. The disbursement is determined annually but has generally been in the vicinity of $3,000.

Diocese of Ballarat Scholarship - NOW CLOSED

Contributed by the Ballarat Diocesan Finance /Council, this scholarship is awarded to one Year 10 student that is moving in to Year 11.  The successful recipient will have demonstrated leadership potential and student advocacy, community involvement characterised by actions for justice and a consistent academic application reflective of a commitment to study.

Value: $1,000

Applications open in early September and close in mid October each year.


Bright Futures Scholarship - (Primary School Principal Recommendation only)

When families are in crisis, disaster strikes or financial disadvantage is overwhelming, keeping kids in school and on track to succeed can be challenging, if not impossible. Around the world, 124 million children and youth are out of school. We believe that a brighter future starts with an education and giving a child the opportunity to thrive at Damascus College is the aim of the Bright Futures Scholarship.

Established in 2018 the Damascus College Bright Futures scholarship sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy (John Thirsk Estate), Fr Brendan Davey and Damascus College, is for the purpose of supporting students and families who are experiencing financial or personal disadvantage, and who demonstrate a strong commitment to social justice activities and contribute to their local community, but may not otherwise be able to access a Catholic education.

This scholarship is awarded annually to one incoming Year 7 student for 50% tuition relief, and is awarded for the duration of a student’s enrolment at Damascus College (maximum of 6 years).

To be considered for this scholarship, Primary School Principals support/endorse one Grade 5 student per year from their Primary School community.

Applications open on 7 October 2019 and close on 14 February 2020.

Application Form available to Primary School Principals only.  One application per Primary School will be considered via Principal endorsement.

A bit about the scholarship benefactors…

John Thirsk was a notable sports journalist who was cared for by the Sisters of Mercy as a result of family tragedy.  The Sisters of Mercy provided John with an education and a safe place for him to return throughout his life.  He considered the sisters as family and his gift to them was to enable them to provide for others the support that they offered to him. The Sisters have entrusted these funds to Damascus College.

Fr Brendan Davey grew up in Ballarat and was priest of the Diocese for over 60 years.  Fr Brendan always had a great empathy for human vulnerability and valued the gift of education. Upon his death he gifted Damascus College with funds to enable Catholic education to be made available to young people who may not otherwise be able to access it.

The Bright Futures scholarship honours the Christian spirit that prevailed through the work of Fr Brendan as a priest of the Diocese and the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea.

To see eligibility and selection criteria, please DOWNLOAD THE INFORMATION FLYER: 

Bright Futures Scholarship Information Bright Futures Scholarship Information (3071 KB)