Indigenous Scholarships - Now Closed


Guildford Grammar School has a long history of providing educational opportunities for Indigenous students.  To date, over 200 Indigenous students have attended the School, dating back to our first Indigenous student, Charlie Burns, who attended from 1905-1909.

Charlie Burns left the School in 1909 to join the Australian Army and fight overseas.  Larry Kickett and John McGuire are two notable Indigenous Old Boys of the School, both of whom  have enjoyed outstanding success in their sporting and professional careers.  2009 graduate Dylan Collard, was named 2013 NAIDOC Male Youth of the Year, had graduated from law and is now a teacher.

Each year a number of our graduates enter university programs as well as following career pathways through TAFE and apprenticeships.  Recent graduate Matthew Boddington (2016) entered an FMG cadetship and has recently been appointed to a full time role with the company.

Guildford Grammar School is leading the way in reconciliation and has implemented a Reconciliation Action Plan in the spirit of the statement on reconciliation and apology expressed by Mr Kevin Rudd in 2008.

We have a number of scholarships available for Indigenous students, either as day students or boarders:

  • NewGen Power Nyoongar Scholarship Scheme
  • Fortescue Scholarship Scheme
  • Inkpen Scholarship
  • Bayley Scholarship
  • Madalah Scholarships
Applications for 2020 are now closed.

Application Requirements

Please compile an A4 sized portfolio.  The purpose of the portfolio is to give the School an understanding of your child, including their academic and extra-curricular achievements, interests and goals.  It is an integral part of the assessment process, and is considered in conjunction with examination results.

The portfolio must include all items listed below, as well as any other supporting documentation you may wish to submit.

Please ensure that you do not include original documents, as your portfolio will not be returned.
  • Application for enrolment form.  No application fee is payable
  • Semester reports for the year prior and NAPLAN results
  • Birth certificate
  • Proof of Aboriginality
  • Candidate testimonial
  • References - these can be from coaches, teachers or community members
  • List of co-curricular activities and involvement
  • Ideally the portfolio should be dropped off in person to the Thwaites Centre.  Please click here for a map of the school. If you live remotely, please ensure you allow plenty of time for portfolios to be received, if Australia Post is your only option of delivery. We also request that the portfolio is placed in a folder (of your choice) with information laid out in single page fashion.  This will ensure each portfolio is easier to review.  If email is your only option of delivery, we can receipt an electronic portfolio.  Please ensure that the portfolio is complete in full, prior to sending to

Guildford Grammar School employs a full-time Indigenous Program Coordinator, Mr Andrew Beck, a Ngadju man, who works with our Indigenous students to support them in all aspects of life at the School, as well as providing opportunities for strengthening cultural identity and leadership.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited, together with their families, for an interview with the Headmaster.

Submit your portfolio to the attention of:

Mrs Tamara Laurito
Guildford Grammar School
11 Terrace Road
Tel.  (08) 9377 9247