Edmund Rice and Nano Nagle were founders of our parent schools; St Michaels, Mt Erin and Trinity Senior High School. Both Edmund Rice and Nano Nagle wanted their schools to be accessible by all who seek a Catholic education and in keeping with our heritage financial assistance from the Bursary Fund will be provided to students and families who, in the opinion of the Principal and Leadership Team, will be significant contributors to the College community. The focus will be on generous endeavour in a variety of fields, rather than any notable academic or co-curricular talent. In brief, the two-way street of mutual benefit must be obvious – the student and the College are good for one another.

Bursary Fund Criteria

It is important that applications for Bursary assistance are made at the same time as applications for enrolment in the College. Financial assistance is available only to students from Year 7 onwards and only when the funds will allow it. The commitment from the College is to sustain the Bursary for the duration of a child’s secondary education. Financial assistance from the Bursary Fund is given on an individual student basis. In the interests of sharing this assistance among as many families as possible, the presumption should be that a family is likely to receive only one Bursary.

In the interest of accountability, a family must re-apply annually for Bursary assistance, in accordance with the time lines specified, and re-submit the most current financial documentation so that their eligibility for a Bursary can be reviewed. The obligation of strict confidentiality is incumbent on both the recipient family and the College Executive overseeing management of the Bursary Fund.

The College grants a Bursary to a student on the understanding that it is a debt of honour. In other words, it is expected that the recipient will do all in his power to repay that debt sometime in the future and give another young person the chance to have a Bursary place at Mater Dei Catholic College.


Bursary Application Process

The provision of complete supporting financial documentation is necessary before any application, or renewal of Bursary, can be processed. This will include:

  • Copies of the past two year’s tax returns;
  • A Statutory Declaration from the applicant’s parents attesting to their financial position(s).

If you are interested in applying for a Bursary please forward the above financial documents with a letter addressed to the Principal requesting consideration. Within your letter please provide the reasons why you have sought a place at the College for your child and outline how you believe that your child’s qualities and gifts will contribute to the College.

Any questions about Scholarships and Bursaries for Year 7 may be directed to the Personal Assistant to the Principal, Mrs Cindee Mallise, at the College.