Bursaries and Scholarships

Since its establishment in 1891, St Joseph’s Nudgee College has been committed to providing access to Catholic education for all boys, regardless of individual family financial circumstances. Each year the College will provide a limited number of Bursaries and Scholarships to students, who might otherwise be excluded from the College for financial reasons. The Bursaries and Scholarships are means-tested, confidential and reviewed annually.


Blessed Edmund Rice wanted his schools open to all classes, rich and poor. In keeping with our Catholic education in the tradition of Blessed Edmund Rice, the principal criterion for the provision of financial assistance from the Bursary/Scholarship Fund is a demonstrable, means-tested inability to afford a Nudgee College education.

While the criteria might appear demanding, the College has substantial responsibilities to ensure that the Bursary/Scholarship Fund's monies are distributed with equity, confidentiality and compassion at all times.  Each application will be assessed on its merits, and, where appropriate, the Principal and the bursary committee will exercise their discretion to apply for assistance.

Nudgee College will assist students and families who will be significant contributors to the College community in the opinion of the Bursary Committee. The focus will be on charitable endeavours in various fields rather than solely on academic or co-curricular talent. In brief, the two-way street of mutual benefit must be prominent – the College provides financial support with the clear expectation that the student and family will contribute to the College in whatever way possible.

Assistance is provided with the understanding that the obligation of strict confidentiality is incumbent on the recipient family and the College Bursary Committee overseeing the management of the Bursary Funds. The College grants a Bursary to a student, 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 man the chance to have a Bursary place at St Joseph’s Nudgee College.


The Bursary Committee takes responsibility for the application of means and other tests to establish applicants’ financial capabilities. Financial assistance from the Bursary Committee is given on a demonstrated needs basis. Complete supporting financial documentation is necessary before any application can be processed. 

Preference in decision-making will be given to families committed to the Nudgee College values - faith, courage, authenticity, community, excellence and justice. 

Applications for Bursary or Scholarship assistance must be made simultaneously as applications for enrolment in the College. A family who has already accepted an offer of enrolment from the College is deemed ineligible for Bursary assistance on financial grounds.

Bursary or Scholarship assistance is available only to an Australian citizen or permanent resident from Year 7 to Year 10 when the funds allow it.

Financial assistance from the Bursary Committee is given on an individual student basis. In the interest of sharing this assistance among as many families as possible, the presumption should be that a family is likely to receive only one Bursary. The sibling discount will still apply.

In each instance, the parents or carers are asked to:

  • Complete the Application form and return it to the College as soon as possible.
  • Collect and submit the relevant supporting documentation with your application.
  • Be proactive in notifying the Nudgee College Finance Department of your change of circumstances throughout your application or time at the College.
  • If required, meet with the Nudgee College Finance Department to discuss your situation.
Who can apply?

Application for assistance is open to the public and may include pupils enrolled at Nudgee College.

Families who are experiencing genuine financial hardship. The College cannot provide bursaries and scholarships for all applications. The Bursary Committee will determine a priority list upon review of the written applications received and interviews.

Please Note: 

  • Nudgee College does not offer 100% Bursaries or Scholarships.  
  • Parents/Carers are supported through a Bursary/Scholarship. 
  • A percentage of fees and ancillary charges are payable by Parents/Carers. 
  • Each application is assessed case-by-case basis and treated confidentially at all times. 
  • Parents/Carers are required to briefly list the percent of Bursary / Scholarship required between 5% and 75% and the reason for applying.

How to Apply
  1. Read each Bursary and Scholarship available, and apply for only one type
  2. If you feel you meet the criteria, please complete the Bursary and Scholarship application form (please click here).
  3. Apply (with all required supporting documentation to be scanned and emailed in PDF format) to the Admissions Department via email
Bursaries and Scholarships available

Please note, bursaries and scholarships for 2024 have now closed. The application process will re-open in Term 4 this year for 2025.

Bush Boarding Bursary (Please click here for further details)

  • Applications closed on 30 June 2023
  • Re-open Term 4, 2023 for applications for 2025. 


Boarding and Isolated Children & Parents’ Association Bursary (Please click here for further details)

  • Applications closed on 30 June 2023
  • Re-open Term 4, 2023 for applications for 2025. 


Indigenous Education Program (Please click here for further details)

  • Applications closed on 30 June 2023
  • Re-open Term 4, 2023 for applications for 2025. 

Academic Scholarship (Please click here for further details)

  • Closed on 15 February 2023
  • Re-open Term 4, 2023 for applications for 2025. 
  • Five Academic scholarships are available in Year 7.

Performing Arts Scholarship (Please Click here for further details)

Terry White Family Bursary (Please click here for further details)

  • Closed on 31 March 2023
  • Re-open Term 4, 2023 for applications for 2025.
  • One Terry White Family Bursary will be awarded in Years 7, 8, 9 or 10.
  • The Terry White Family Bursary is funded through the generosity of Terry White and his family.
  • Terry White is a treasured Old Boy of St Joseph’s Nudgee College - a past Prefect, Barrett House Captain and successful sportsman, having played in the First XI Cricket and First XV Rugby from 1952 to 1954. Terry was also awarded the W. Carlton-Smith Award for his leadership, study and co-curricular sport, which was a clear sign of future successes to come. As well as growing a pharmacy empire with Rhonda, Terry also served as a Member of Parliament and Minister of the Crown in the Queensland Parliament.


Jack Ross Bursary (Please click here for further details)

College Bursary (Please click here for further details)

  • Closed on 31 March 2023
  • Re-open Term 4, 2023 for applications for 2025.
  • A total of five College Bursaries will be awarded in Years 7, 8, 9 or 10.