Cornish College is a school built on a history of being change-makers in education. We believe in education of a different kind in order to meet the needs of young people and our world now, and in the future. We are here to make a difference today, for a sustainable and thriving tomorrow.
That’s why we are committed to our scholarships program. It’s our way of encouraging those with drive and courage to explore further opportunities.


General Excellence Scholarship 

Who can apply?

Students who are in Year 6, 2024 are eligible to apply (Primary ACER Scholarship Test).

Important notes

  • Registrations for Year 7, 2025 are now closed and no late registrations will be accepted.
  • Scholarship testing will take place on Saturday 2 March, 2024 at Cornish College
  • Once registrations close, a confirmation of your child’s scholarship registration will be sent, including details about the format of the scholarships testing day

Robert Johnson Scholarship 

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. Students who are in Year 6, 2024 and who do not attend Cornish College, are eligible to apply, for entry to the College in Year 7.

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

Selection process

Whilst this is not a 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
  • Critical thinking test
  • Interview

Selection criteria

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’s 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

Important notes

  • Registrations for Year 7, 2025 are now closed and no late registrations will be accepted.
  • Once registrations close, 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, the critical thinking test, which will take place on Saturday 2 March, 2024
  • If a student is registered for both a General Excellence and Robert Johnson Scholarship, they will sit the General Excellence test on Saturday 2 March and we will offer an alternate date for the Robert Johnson Scholarship critical thinking test
  • Following the critical thinking test, an interview list will be determined. Those on that list will be invited to participate in the next stage of the selection process, an interview with the Principal

Summary of our Scholarship Policy

  • Scholarships will be awarded based on merit (including independent testing by external facilitators, where applicable)
  • General Excellence Scholarships are open to existing Cornish College students, as well as new students to the College
  • Scholarship holders are not eligible for a sibling discount
  • Scholarships awarded are applied to Tuition Fee costs only

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