PLC Perth is proud to offer a range of scholarships and bursaries for current and prospective students. Find out more about our School’s scholarship opportunities below.


Scholarships and Bursaries

Junior School Music Scholarship Years 3 to 6 - Open

General Information

To coincide with the opening of our new Music Centre, Presbyterian Ladies’ College (PLC) will be offering Music Scholarships to girls entering Years 3 – 6 in 2023. Music Scholarships are awarded based on musical potential across all instruments, musical excellence, and the current needs within the PLC Music Department. Scholarships will be awarded to students for the duration of their schooling at PLC and will include a weekly instrumental/vocal lesson as well as a 25% remission of academic fees. A further remission of fees may be provided on a needs-based approach by means of a financial assessment of individual circumstances.

PLC welcomes applications from both internal and external candidates who are Australian citizens or permanent residents residing in Western Australia.

Based on the applications submitted, a shortlist of candidates will be invited in for an audition and interview the week commencing Monday 31 October 2022. All applicants will be notified by email as to whether they are required to audition. For the audition, applicants are required to perform with a piano accompanist where appropriate.

Instrumental and Vocal Scholarship Information

Each Scholarship provides free instrument/vocal tuition and a 25% remission of academic fees*. The Music lesson component includes 32 x 40-minute individual lessons per year and instrument hire, if required. The Scholarship is available for the duration of the student’s enrolment at PLC, subject to her continuing to uphold the School’s scholarship expectations, as outlined below. All PLC Scholarships are subject to a satisfactory yearly review.

Terms of Music Scholarships

Music Scholarship holders will be expected to:

  • be a member of a choir in the Junior School and Senior School;
  • be a member of an instrumental ensembles(s) as appropriate in the Junior School and the Senior School.
    Students who receive a piano scholarship are required to participate in choir. In consultation with the Director of Music, these students may also be requested to join the Stage Band and/or other chamber groups;
  • participate in classroom Music until the completion of Year 10 (students must select classroom Music as an elective in Years 9 and 10);
  • maintain a high level of achievement in their chosen area of music study;
  • be fully supportive and contribute to the musical life at PLC;
  • complete formal music assessments as directed by their tutor (AMEB, PLC Internal Assessment Programme, etc);
  • make an active contribution to the school community through Music, the Arts, Sport and Community Service;
  • support the school values – integrity, learning, community and effort.


Please complete the 2023 Music Scholarship Application Form and return to the Registrar, Molly Atterton, at by Friday 14 October 2022.

Copies of relevant references, exam or eisteddfod reports, the Teacher Reference Form, and your daughter’s latest school reports and NAPLAN results should also be attached.

Closing date for Applications is Friday 14 October 2022.

OCA Bursaries - Open

Applications Open: Wednesday 31 August
Applications Close: Tuesday 11 October, 4.00 pm
Interviews: Last week in October
Bursary awarded: Early November

Each year the PLC Old Collegians’ Association Inc. awards three bursaries.

The Olive Cusack Bursary

This bursary recognises a boarding student currently in Year 9 for Year 10. The selected student should demonstrate an understanding of the needs of others, participate in a wide range of activities organised by the School community, and show a commitment to personal excellence, particularly in the Boarding House.

The successful recipient will receive $5,000 towards tuition fees in 2023.

The Olive Cusack Bursary Application and Information

The Dr Vera Summers Bursary

This bursary is open to a daughter, grand-daughter or great-grandaughter of an Old Collegian currently in Year 10 for Year 11. The selected student should demonstrate an exemplary character, attitude, conduct and academic achievement.

The successful recipient will receive $5,000 towards tuition fees in 2023.

Dr Vera Summers Bursary Application and Information

The Heather Barr Memorial Bursary

This bursary recognises participation and contribution to PLC and is open to all current Year 11 students for Year 12 who most clearly displays the qualities which reflect the principles espoused by Miss Barr. The selected student should be dedicated to the ideals and educational objectives of the school and she will have distinguished herself by showing selflessness, tolerance and compassion towards her peers and her juniors, demonstrating the maturity and judgment she has acquired during her years at PLC.

The successful recipient will receive $5,000 towards tuition fees in 2023.

The Heather Barr Memorial Bursary Application & Information


Music Bursaries - Open

Music Instrumental/Vocal Bursaries are available to girls in Years 7 – 12. Music Bursaries are awarded based on musical excellence as well as the current needs within the PLC Music Department.

The award of Music Bursaries is based on a music audition/interview only. Click the links below to access the Music Bursary Information and Application Forms. Applications close Friday 2 September 2022.



Foundation Scholarship

Foundation Scholarships for 2023 are now closed. 

Each year, the PLC Foundation offers a scholarship each to a student who would otherwise be unable to attend PLC due to their family’s financial circumstances.

The PLC Foundation Scholarship is offered to students commencing in Year 7 and provides 100 per cent tuition fees from Year 7 to Year 12. Applicants must provide a sound academic record, a commitment to community service and participation in co-curricular activities.

2024 Applications

Applications for students entering Year 7 in 2024 will open 31 March 2023 and close 30 June 2023.

Year 7 2023 Academic and General Excellence Scholarships

Applications are now closed.

PLC Perth is proud to offer a range of scholarships for current and prospective students entering Year 7 in 2023. The School recently reviewed our scholarship programme, defining the purpose of scholarships, our philosophy behind them, and how they align with our School values. As such, from 2023, PLC will offer four merit-based scholarships (two academic and two general excellence) and the remainder of our scholarships will be means-tested and needs-based.

All scholarships offered are subject to academic testing, which will be held on Saturday 26 February 2022.

Merit-based Scholarships

Four merit-based scholarships will be offered, two Academic and two General Excellence, which will cover 30 percent of tuition fees.

Needs-based Scholarships

A number of needs-based scholarships, both Academic and General Excellence, will be offered to students entering Year 7 in 2023, who demonstrate strong academic ability and an active contribution to school life and the broader community. These scholarships will cover up to ninety per cent of tuition fees, depending on need.


Year 10 2023 Scholarships

Applications are now closed.

In 2023, PLC will offer two merit-based scholarships to students entering Year 10 in 2023, one Academic and one General Excellence.

PLC welcomes applications from girls who are entering Year 10 in 2023 who are not currently attending PLC and are Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents residing in Western Australia. Please note this scholarship applies to Day students only. Rural students are unable to be considered due to capacity in our Boarding House.

All scholarships offered are subject to academic testing, which will be held on Saturday 26 February 2022.

Indigenous Scholarships

Applications are now closed for 2023 Year 7 students.

For 2024 Year 7 students, applications will open in February 2023 and close at the end of April 2023. Make sure you complete the enquiry form below to receive a notification.

Presbyterian Ladies’ College provides outstanding educational opportunities for girls in a warm and caring environment. Indigenous Scholarships are offered to students entering Year 7 in 2023. Where possible, consideration may be given to entry into other years, however Year 7 is the preferred point of entry.

Applicants will be chosen according to current academic progress and proven application to study, willingness to contribute to the PLC community, leadership qualities and motivation for tertiary study.


Students must identify as an Indigenous Australian and priority will be given to those who come from geographically isolated areas or who are experiencing other significant disadvantage. Prospective students should have sufficient self-confidence and personal support to enter a new school at Year 7 with the intention of continuing to Year 12.

Students must be eligible for Abstudy to apply.

Selection Criteria

Academic levels and achievements of a student are considered but are not the predominant criteria for selection. Selection is based on consideration of the following criteria:

1. Academic – Students should demonstrate:

  • Sufficient study skills to cope with the demands of the curriculum;
  • Good work habits (eg completing homework, preparedness to tackle new work);
  • Interest in learning; and
  • Reasonable literacy and numeracy levels for age level.

2. Talent – Applicants may demonstrate outstanding talent in a particular field of endeavour such as in sport, art, dance, music, drama, leadership, etc.

3. Commitment – Students must demonstrate preparedness to commit to stay at the School until the completion of Year 12.

4. Attitude – Students must demonstrate a positive attitude towards learning, be able to adjust to and respond positively to the School environment and have the social skills and confidence to relate well with others.

Parental/Guardian Support

Students must have the support of their family and/or community. This will require emotional support and financial contribution. The level of financial contribution is reviewed on an individual and highly confidential basis, with the expectation that families and/or communities will contribute according to their capacity. The Scholarship does not cover the provision of pocket money or other optional school activities or tours. Families are expected to participate in School programmes and information sessions (as much as distance and travel permits) and be supportive of their daughter’s education.

How to Apply

Written applications are to be provided and should include:

  • Name and contact details of the applicant
  • Most recent school report of the applicant
  • A sample of written work undertaken in the last term (eg. a research project, creative writing, essay, or other assignments)
  • A handwritten statement from the applicant outlining why she is seeking the scholarship and addressing the selection criteria
  • NAPLAN results for Years 3 and 5
  • Written reference including name of referee and contact details
  • Birth Certificate

Click here to download the Application Form.

Click here to download the Reference Form.

Applications will open February 2023.

Applications can be emailed to Molly Atterton, at

Applications can also be mailed to:

Indigenous Scholarship Programme Co-ordintor
Presbyterian Ladies’ College
PO Box 126

For further information, please contact the Registrar’s Office on (08) 9424 6555.


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