Every new student is given the opportunity to apply for scholarships when completing their entry application. Returning students are invited to apply for scholarships in the lead up to each new academic year. 

Available Scholarships

Scholarships take the form of full or partial remission of fees and are funded either by the College or by our generous private donors: 

  • Academic excellence (as evidenced by secondary school performance and/or tertiary performance)
  • Alumni directed scholarships in subject areas (including Law and Medicine)
  • Sports scholarships (as evidenced by ability to represent Sancta competitively in one or more of a range of different sporting competitions throughout the academic year, and/or ability to compete on a state, national or international level in one or more sports) 
  • Creative and Performing Arts excellence (as evidenced by field of tertiary study, secondary school or tertiary performance results, personal references and in some instances by audition)  
  • Cultural and spiritual scholarships (as evidenced by ability to contribute to the cultural and spiritual life of Sancta)
  • Regional Australian students
  • Student leadership scholarships (awarded to students who are nominated into leadership positions at Sancta)

Bursaries exist to support students who experience financial need whilst at College. 


Scholarship and bursary 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 experience and skills


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

  • For any general information about scholarships or the application process, contact Mia Trinidad, Dean of Admissions and Studies.

T + 61 2 9577 2354

E: [email protected]


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 a Tax Notice of Assessment for financial status. Failure to provide 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. Sancta reserves the right to award a scholarship as we see 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 Sydney 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 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