We are grateful to the many donors who established and provide ongoing support to the Sancta scholarship and bursary program, without this generous support, Sancta’s scholarship program would not be possible.

The College offers a range of scholarships and bursaries each year to new and returning students to extend the rich academic, cultural and social benefits of Sancta life to those of significant talent and to others who might not have the opportunity attend the College:

  • Academic Scholarships are awarded to students who are academically gifted, with consideration being given to need. All academic scholarships are awarded for one year in the first instance and are renewed subject to academic progress.
  • Bursaries are awarded for students who seek financial assistance towards College fees.
  • Creative/performing arts and sporting scholarships are awarded for students who have outstanding creative or sporting talents.
  • Leadership scholarships are also awarded to returning students.


Scholarship selection criteria always considers a resident’s capacity to contribute to the community life of the College (academic, cultural, liturgical, social justice, sporting) and can include one or more of the following:

  • Academic merit – school or university results
  • Financial need
  • Leadership experiences and skills


Scholarship applications for new students are part of the general online application.

  • Download 2018 Scholarship Information here as a guide to the level and types of assistance available
  • For any general information about scholarships or the application process contact the Dean of Admissions and Studies T + 61 2 9577 2354
    [email protected]


How to apply for a Scholarship or Bursary

Candidates for all scholarships must complete the procedures for entrance into College, the online Sancta Sophia College Scholarship application form and submit supporting documentation as appropriate such as Tax Notice of Assessment for financial status. Prospective students will find the scholarship application form follows on from the general online student application through the portal. Failure to provide any necessary supporting documentation means the College will not consider your application for a scholarship or other support.

If you apply for one scholarship or bursary, your application will be considered for all the others ie: if you applied for the Foundation Scholarship, your application will be considered for an Entrance Scholarship if unsuccessful in the first.

Scholarships are paid on a semester basis towards students’ accommodation costs. The College reserves the right to split a scholarship between two or more candidates and to make no offers if there are no appropriate candidates in particular contexts. The College reserves the right to award a scholarship as it sees fit. 


External scholarships and bursaries

University of Sydney

The University of Sydney offers an extensive scholarship program. Many College residents apply for and are awarded grants based on outstanding ability, overseas study, Indigenous student programs, remote living access, faculty specific programs and many other federal and state awards. You are invited to visit the University of Sydney website for further details.

Or contact:

  • The Scholarships Unit
  • Room 147 Ground Floor, Mackie Building (K01) The University of Sydney NSW 2006 T: 02 9351 2717 F: 02 9351 5134 E: [email protected]
  • Alternatively phone the Help Line on 1300 362 006.
  • Information on scholarships available to international students is available on the University of Sydney website.


University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Information on scholarships and financial assistance for UTS students is available on the University of Technology’s website.


Australian Catholic University

Information on scholarships for students at the Australian Catholic University may be found on the Australian Catholic University website.


The University of Notre Dame

Information on scholarships and financial assistance for Notre Dame students is available on the University of Notre Dame’s website.


AIEF-BHP Billiton Tertiary Scholarships

AIEF-BHP Billiton Tertiary Scholarships are awarded to outstanding Indigenous students undertaking engineering and other mining-related degrees, who aspire to work for BHP Billiton and to one day become leaders in the business.

Students living or planning to live in residential (tertiary residential college) and non-residential (private) accommodation apply for the scholarship, which provides financial assistance and ongoing professional development and career support from AIEF and BHP Billiton, including opportunities to apply for the BHP Billiton Australian Undergraduate and Foundations for Graduates Programs. See more