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The Robert Johnson Scholarship

Robert Johnson Scholarship

The scholarship is named after the Rev Dr Robert Johnson, the inaugural chair of the Cornish College Council and later, the Chair of the College Board of Directors. Robert was instrumental in supporting the founding of Cornish College through his work with the Uniting Church. He saw the value in a Cornish education with two of his own grandchildren being amongst the first students of the school.

‘When we established Cornish College in 2011 we dreamed of an inclusive and diverse school – my dream is that anyone can come to Cornish, if it is the right school for them, regardless of their family’s financial capacity.’ Rev Dr Robert Johnson

Cornish College is delighted that, exactly ten years since the opening of the College in 2012, we are able to honour the legacy of Robert Johnson by establishing this new scholarship in his name.

Who can apply?

The Robert Johnson Scholarship provides a Cornish College education for a student who would not otherwise have the financial means to attend the College. It is available to current Year 6 students who do not attend Cornish College, for entry to the College in Year 7 in 2023.

NB: Financial means are a key consideration in the selection process and families will need to participate in a means test process.

What is included in the scholarship?

The scholarship covers:

  • Full tuition fees from Years 7 – 12
  • All camp fees
  • All other additional program costs, such as the Make A Difference Experience

What is not included:

  • Computer
  • Uniform
  • Books
  • Cocurricular programs (eg private drama and music, rock climbing, equestrian etc)

Selection criteria

The key selection criterion for this scholarship will be whether it is likely to make an important difference in the life of the applicant and, whether it will make a difference in the life of Cornish College, particularly in its diversity.

A Robert Johnson Scholar will be someone who is passionate about contributing to change and making a difference for a sustainable future. The following criteria will be considered, as part the application process:

  • Personal alignment with the College values – respect, integrity, creativity, compassion…always with courage
  • Having aspirational goals for achieving success in education which go beyond academic performance
  • Being committed to the leadership of social justice and contribute to school and community opportunities to promote this
  • Preparedness to engage in student-directed curriculum and learning opportunities that exist and develop at the College
  • Having the mindset of an educational change-maker to support the College’s mission of an education that shapes futures
  • A link to the Uniting Church is not essential, but would be advantageous

Selection process

Whilst this is not scholarship focused on academics, applicants will be required to participate in a critical thinking test and the scholarship awardee will need to demonstrate a high level of competence in academic achievement.

The following are the key steps in the selection process:

  • Expression of Interest (due by 25 February 2022)

To include the following information:

    • Parent response to the selection criteria
    • Student response to the selection criteria
    • School reports from the previous three years
    • Portfolio of student’s interests, achievements, awards and hobbies
    • Parent tax returns from the previous three years, including a financial statement of affairs
    • A short list of applicants will be determined from the applications received. Those on the short list will be invited to participate in the next stage of the selection process
  1. Critical thinking test
    • This will be undertaken at Cornish College
    • An interview list will be determined following the critical thinking test. Those on that list will be invited to participate in the next stage of the selection process
  1. Interview with the Principal
    • The successful applicant will be determined following the interviews with the Principal

How to apply

To register for this scholarship, please complete the Application Form below and send your Expression of Interest to admissions@cornishcollege.vic.edu.au no later than 25 February, 2022.

For more detailed information, see the Cornish College Scholarship Policy and the Cornish College Enrolment Booklet.

Application form

Complete our secure online Application Form to apply

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