Thanks to our generous donors and benefactors, a vast array of scholarships are available to our students.


“Our family believes that the scholarships make a difference to the students lives. We are proud to be apart of the St Marks community.”  

Jane Newland, daughter of DL Pank who endowed the “DL & ME Pank Scholarship”


Scholarships at St Mark’s College

St Mark’s College is committed to ensuring that, as far as possible, financial need is not a barrier to gaining the unique St Mark’s residential experience.

Through the generosity of our collegians, friends and other benefactors, St Mark’s is able to offer generous assistance to students, who for reasons of financial need, would not otherwise be able to enter or remain in College.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need, academic excellence, outstanding ability and/or contribution to the College and the wider community.

Some scholarships are offered to students from specific backgrounds (i.e. rural, Indigenous, disability) while some others are for students studying in particular faculties (eg medicine, music).

Any student who would like to come to St Mark’s but think they cannot afford the fees are invited to discuss their options with us by contacting the Dean, Dr Areti Metuamate.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance options include scholarships, prizes and bursaries to a total value of over $500,000 for new and existing students at the College each year.

Approximately 50% of students attending St Mark’s receive some sort of financial assistance.  Indeed, many of our students benefit from some form of support during their years at St Mark’s.

The College also has some part time employment opportunities available for students in their second year or above.

New Students

Entry Scholarships are available to students of all backgrounds and schools across Australia and internationally.  Applications are accepted prior to the university year and scholarships between $2,000 and up to $10,000 are awarded.

Current/Returning Students

Scholarships for current/returning students range from $2,000-$10,000


Prizes are awarded annually on merit and do not require students to submit an application.  Prizes are awarded for high academic performance across the full range of university faculties.  There are also prizes for essay writing, leadership and contribution to the College and wider community.

There are also a range of other scholarships available through the universities and wider community and further information is available on individual websites, however we would be happy to provide students with advice in this regard.


The College treats all applications for financial assistance in confidence. We understand that many applications for financial assistance contain sensitive information relating to people’s personal and financial situations. The information provided will only be used on a need-to-know basis by relevant senior staff.   Unfortunately we are unable to consider any application for financial assistance unless all the information is supplied.

New Student Entry Scholarships – apply directly to St Mark’s College

All scholarship applications for new students, unless otherwise specified, are to be submitted to St Mark’s College for assessment by the scholarships committee in January.  Applications can be sent in as soon as possible following application to the College, but must be received by the first Sunday in January at the latest.  Successful applicants will be notified by 31st January following confirmation of their St Mark’s College offer.

The scholarship application form for new students is available here and the application form for the Cowan Grant is provided below.

Only one scholarship form is required per applicant, the Scholarships Committee will determine eligibility criteria based on the information provided.


Cowan Grants The Cowan Trust provides grants for students from rural, remote and regional Australia who demonstrate financial need in meeting the cost of their College fees.  The Cowan Grant website contains information about the history and key criteria and the application form can be downloaded here.
St Mark’s Entrance Scholarships The St Mark’s College Entrance Scholarships are valued up to $10,000 each.  They are awarded to students from all backgrounds and locations in Australia. They may take into consideration an applicant’s academic merit, contribution to the community, musical or sporting ability.  An applicant’s financial situation may also be considered.
Old Collegians’ Association Bursaries The Old Collegians’ Association Bursary is open to new students who have a direct family connection to the College.  Applicants are assessed on their potential to contribute to the life of the College.
Margaret and Harry Scott Scholarships The Margaret and Harry Scott Scholarships have been generously endowed by the late Mrs Margaret Scott.  They have been created to provide opportunities for female students who have completed their secondary education in a rural area at a distance of greater than 100km from Adelaide. These scholarships may also take into consideration an applicant’s academic merit, contribution to the community, musical or sporting ability in addition to financial circumstances.
Julian Bickersteth Scholarships An entry scholarship endowed by the Reverend Julian Faithfull Bickersteth for students who are Old Collegians of St Peter’s College. These scholarships may take into consideration an applicant’s academic merit, contribution to the community, musical or sporting ability.  An applicant’s financial situation may also be considered.
Studd Bursary The Studd Bursary has been endowed by The Reverend John and Nea Studd for students who are from an indigenous background, a third world country, or refugees or asylum seekers in Australia.

New Student Entry Scholarships – apply direct

The St Peter’s College/St Mark’s College Bursary This bursary is awarded by St Peter’s College to assist with the payment of College fees for up to two years.   Interested students must apply directly through St Peter’s College.
C.A.S Hawker Scholarship The C.A.S Hawker Scholarship is one of the most prestigious and generous privately funded awards in Australia and is administered by the Hawker Trustees.  Interested applicants must apply directly to the trustees and complete an application form which can be accessed on their website. The Hawker Scholarships pay full College fees for up to three years.
The Playford Trust Regional Science and Engineering Scholarship The Playford Trust seeks to support outstanding students from regional South Australia who intend to enrol as undergraduates to study science, engineering, mathematics or technology subjects at one of the State’s three universities. Interested students must apply directly through the Playford Trust website.


2016 Cowan Grant recipients with Mr Bob Cowan.

Current and returning Students – Scholarships, Bursaries and Prizes

Current and returning St Mark’s students are eligible to apply for scholarships and bursaries based on a range of criteria that include academic results, contribution to the College community, disability, or financial need.

There are two scholarship application rounds each year, in March and September, and students will be notified of these during the academic year.  Awards are made by the College Scholarship Committee and/or panels established under the conditions of the award and are available to all undergraduate members who are current students of the College.

St Mark’s also recognises academic excellence and outstanding ability with a number of faculty-related scholarships and prizes awarded each year.

Alumni Scholarship Award The Alumni Awards were established in the 1960s and were actually begun by the College Club and the Old Collegians. The awards are based upon contribution to the College and may take into account financial circumstances.
G Angas Parsons Scholarship The G Angas Parsons Scholarship was endowed by the late Geoffrey Angas Parsons in 1982. The College has a very long and strong association with the Angas Parsons family, a family of eminent academics and professionals in the science and legal areas. The scholarship is awarded for an outstanding academic performance by a returning student.
BP Wait Prize This prize dates back to 1939 and was named after a long term residential tutor, Mr Wait, who lived at the College in the late 1920s and 1930s.  This prize is given to the best student of the year in Classics or Modern Language – which were the subjects that Mr Wait taught.
RB & PE Lewis Scholarship This scholarship is endowed by the second Master of the College, Robert Brook Lewis and his wife Betty who was also the daughter of the first Master of the College, Dr Archibald Grenfell Price. The Lewis Scholarship is awarded to the student who makes the most outstanding contribution to the College each year.
Margaret Tothill Scholarship The Margaret Tothill Scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit and contribution to the College.
Harold Fisher Scholarship This was the first major scholarship in the College that was established by Mr Harold Fisher in 1928. He said that his  endowment “would help some of the best brains of South Australia to be members of the College but also to extend the advantages of residential life to a succession of students who in most cases would be debarred by financial circumstances”.
Edward A Radcliffe Scholarship The Edward A Radcliffe Scholarship was established in 1953 and is awarded to the best academic performance in a previous year by a returning student.
Margaret Beith Scholarship This scholarship was endowed to St Mark’s College to be used for bursaries to assist students to remain at the College who would otherwise have difficulty in doing so. The awards are therefore to be made in the first instance on the basis of academic merit and of character and also to take into account contribution to the College and the financial position of the student and their family.
Don Laidlaw Prize This magnificent award has been endowed by the Honourable Don Laidlaw and is awarded to the most outstanding second year male and female students.
St Mark’s Agricultural Science Scholarship This scholarship was awarded for the first time in 2008 as a result of an endowment from Mr Tim Brooks who attended St Mark’s and graduated with an Agriculture Science degree. This scholarship is awarded to an Agricultural Science student who excels academically and contributes to the College.
John M Boully Scholarship This scholarship is awarded to a rural medical student each year who has a particular interest in aboriginal or rural health.
Sir Ronald Fisher Medal The Sir Ronald Fisher Medal has been generously endowed by Emeritus Professor Peter Parsons who was at the College from 1951 to 1955.  The medal was first presented in 2008 and is given to the most outstanding student in the field of science.
Gavin Walkley Scholarship This award is for a senior student who is academically capable and committed to every aspect of College life. The scholarship may take into account financial circumstances.
Sholto Douglas Scholarship Senior medical students of outstanding quality and ability are eligible for this prize.
DL & ME Pank This prize was established in 1982 and is awarded to a student in College with a disability or with special needs.
Programmed Maintenance Services This prize is awarded to a senior engineering student whose academic performance has been outstanding.
AA Lendon Scholarship This scholarship is administered by the Tower Trust and is awarded to a second or third or fourth year medical student who has achieved outstanding grades in their examinations.
A R LeMessurier Scholarship In 1937, Mr Roy Le Messurier, who had already agreed to donate to the Newland building extension, offered to provide a bursary of Fifteen Guineas per year starting in 1938 on top of the sum of three hundred pounds to be invested at interest to accumulate in order that this might provide the means of continuing the bursary after his life.  The scholarship was to be awarded for personal character, intellectual ability, sportsmanship and leadership for a student studying a medical course in their second year.
WF Wehrstedt Bequest This prize was established in 1939 where a legacy had been left to the College by the Reverend W F Wehrstedt for the purpose of founding a prize for a scholar in the Arts and Humanities.
Patrick and Bessie Greenland Scholarship This scholarship was endowed by Mr Patrick Greenland MBE and Mrs Bessie Greenland.  They were both keen to promote music in the College and also endowed the Greenland Music Room.  In 1988 the bequest was sufficient to form the basis of a scholarship to support a student of music.
WA Collegians’ Prize The WA Collegians’ Prize was established in 1965 by Josh Reynolds marking an end of an association with the WA Medical Students after the UWA Med School was established. The fund was increased in 2001 by Geoffrey Morlet and more recently by Dr Peter Hurst.   It was decided that because of the association of the West with the sciences that this prize would be awarded for excellence in science or in science related subjects.
The Women of St Mark’s Scholarship In 2012, the College celebrated 30 years of females in residence. During this celebration, a scholarship was established to acknowledge the contribution of resident women in our community.
Grocke Industry Research and Design Grant Established by Mr Craig Grocke in 2017, the Grant provides financial assistance to a St Mark’s student to support the cost of design materials, research or study tour as part of their course of study or academic research in Architecture, Urban Design, Urban and Regional Planning, Interior Design, Industrial Design or Landscape Architecture.
Harron Scholarship The Harron scholarship was established in 2017 by Trent Harron and recognises St Mark’s students who are rendering service in the Australian Defence Force.
Sodexo Scholarship The Sodexo scholarship is awarded to St Mark’s students who demonstrate outstanding academic performance.

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