Scholarships

Methodist Ladies' College is proud to offer our own MLC Scholarship programme including:

  • Music Scholarships for entry into Years 5–10
  • Academic Scholarships for entry into Years 5, 6, 7 and 10
  • Boarding Scholarships for entry into Years 7 and 10

We invite girls from all independent and state schools to apply for the wonderful opportunity of gaining an MLC education.

We encourage applications from girls who reflect our values and who are willing to fully participate in College life.

Testing and auditions for the scholarships are held at our Claremont campus in February for entry the following year. Special arrangements can be made for girls living more than 400 kilometres from our campus.

All of the girls wishing to apply for a music or boarding scholarship must sit the academic examination.

Girls who perform well in their testing will be invited to an interview with our Principal.

About MLC Scholarships

Academic Scholarships

Each year the MLC College Council offers a number of academic scholarships to girls entering Years 5, 6, 7 and 10. Each academic scholarship generally covers 50 per cent of tuition fees until the end of Year 6 for girls entering Year 5 or Year 6 and until graduation for girls entering Years 7 to 10. This varies for music and boarding scholarships.

All girls wishing to be considered for a Council academic, boarding or music scholarship must sit the academic scholarship test.

Scholarships with varying concessions are awarded for academic and musical excellence. From time to time the Principal may award a scholarship at her discretion.

For more information please call MLC Admissions on +61 (08) 9383 0217.

Boarding Scholarships

The MLC Council would like to invite girls who live in regional Australia to apply for a Council Rural Scholarship.

Scholarships are available for Boarding in the beautiful MLC Boarding House with all that it has to offer.

All girls wishing to apply for this means-tested scholarship must sit the academic scholarship testing.

Music Scholarships

Methodist Ladies’ College boasts an outstanding music programme and an international reputation for excellence in performance. Music scholarships are available to girls entering the College from Years 5–10, by audition. Council Music Scholarships and the prestigious, means-tested Ohman Music Scholarship are awarded on the basis of musical excellence and potential. Girls applying for music scholarships must also sit the academic scholarship test.

Successful candidates entering Years 5 or 6 hold their scholarships until the end of Year 6.

Successful candidates entering Years 7 to 10 hold their scholarships until the end of their schooling in Year 12.

As a guide, students should have achieved the following grade levels (or equivalent). It is not essential that applicants have sat formal music examinations, but they must audition pieces of at least a similar standard.

  • Entering Year 5 – Grade 3 and above
  • Entering Year 6 – Grade 4 and above
  • Entering Year 7 – Grade 5 and above
  • Entering Year 8 – Grade 6 and above
  • Entering Year 9 – Grade 6 and above
  • Entering Year 10 – Grade 6 and above

Candidates may audition on any orchestral instrument, band instrument or piano. They will normally present a principal and second study instrument. A successful candidate on piano may continue to learn piano as her principal instrument but will also be required to learn an orchestral or band instrument. Candidates may offer voice as principal study for entry to Year 9 or above. Vocal candidates are expected to audition on a second instrument.

The Ohman Music Scholarships (open to girls entering Years 7 to 10) normally provide 75 per cent remission of academic tuition fees and 100 per cent of music tuition on one instrument for the duration of Years 7 to 12 (subject to means testing).

Council Music Scholarships (open to girls entering Years 5–10) normally provide 50 per cent remission of academic tuition fees and 100 per cent of music tuition on one instrument until the end of Year 6 or for the duration of Years 7 to 12.

Scholarship holders must make a leading contribution to music in the College and maintain a high level of achievement on their chosen instrument.

Scholarship holders in Year 7 to 12 are required to enrol in class music, select the music course of study in Years 11 and 12 and participate in at least two College ensembles.

Auditions requirements:

  • Two contrasting pieces on principal instrument/study 
  • One piece on a second instrument/study, if applicable
  • One piece on any additional instruments/study, if applicable
  • Aural tests (at expected grade level, as listed above)
  • Sight reading (at expected grade level, as listed above)
  • Short, informal interview

On the day of audition, candidates must provide a music portfolio of achievements, letters of recommendation and copies of their audition pieces. 

For accompanied pieces, candidates must provide their own accompanist or make arrangements with a College accompanist through the Music Administrator. Fees will be charged accordingly; accompanist rates for 2020 are $24 per 15 minutes. 

For all students using a College Accompanist, music must be sent to the College two weeks prior to the audition.

In addition to these music scholarships, the College offers a wide range of music prizes for current MLC students in Years 6–12. 

Upon receipt of application, our Music Administration will contact families by phone regarding audition details and to discuss any queries.

Music Prizes

The College offers a large number of Instrumental and Vocal Prizes annually by audition or by special application. The prizes are awarded to support musical development and acknowledge progress, potential and commitment.

Music Prize auditions are open to students presently in Years 6–9 at any level of achievement. Prizes are awarded for the year following audition. Applications are encouraged from girls currently learning with an MLC Music Tutor or with a private Music Tutor outside the College. 

Beginner Instrumental Prizes are awarded annually for girls entering Year 7 to commence lessons on selected instruments. The list of available instruments is revised and published annually, and applications are invited from students and their parents early in Term 1. Details are published in Wyvern and shared with all Year 7 students. Successful candidates are selected on the basis of a written application and a short interview, which includes an assessment of aural skills. These prizes are available to all Year 7 students. They may be of particular interest to students entering the College in Year 7 who have not previously enjoyed opportunities for instrumental learning or who have not yet found their musical nichè. 

YEARS 7–12 INSTRUMENTAL AND VOCAL PRIZES

  • Years 7 and 8 Instrumental Prizes | Each provides 50 per cent of the cost of instrumental tuition on an orchestral or band instrument for 32 lessons and the free use of a College instrument, subject to availability. Recipients are required to enrol in Class Music and participate in a minimum of two co-curricular music ensembles. 
  • Years 9 and 10 Vocal and Instrumental Music Prizes | Each provides 50 per cent of the cost of vocal or instrumental tuition for 32 lessons. Recipients are required to enrol in Class Music and participate in a minimum of two co-curricular music ensembles.
  • Friends of Music MLC Award | This is awarded to a Year 11 student who is enrolled in Class Music. It provides 50 per cent of the cost of instrumental or vocal tuition for 32 lessons for Years 11 and 12, and free use of a College instrument, subject to availability. Recipients are required to participate in a minimum of two co-curricular music ensembles.

Auditions requirements:

  • Two contrasting pieces on principal instrument/study
  • One piece on a second instrument/study (if applicable)
  • Aural tests
  • Sight reading
  • Short, informal interview

On the day of audition, candidates must provide a music portfolio of achievements, letters of recommendation and copies of their audition pieces. Where appropriate, pieces should be accompanied.

For accompanied pieces, candidates must provide their own accompanist or make arrangements with a College accompanist, through the Music Administrator. A College accompanist can be provided for rehearsal and audition. Fees will be charged accordingly; accompanist rates for 2020 are $24 per 15 minutes. 

YEAR 7 BEGINNER INSTRUMENTAL PRIZES

  • Years 7 Beginner Instrumental Prizes | Each provides 50 per cent of the cost of instrumental tuition on an orchestral or band instrument for 32 lessons and the free use of a College instrument, subject to availability. Recipients are required to participate in a co-curricular music ensemble when a basic level of competency has been reached, following consultation with their Music Tutor and the Director of Music.

Application requirements:

  • Completed written application
  • Aural tests
  • Short, informal interview and instrument trial

2021 SCHOLARSHIPS FAQs

How do I register?

Applications for 2021 Scholarships have now closed.

Who supervises the MLC scholarship process and examinations?

Methodist Ladies' College is pleased to continue with the Academic Assessment Services scholarship testing programme for entry in 2021.  

How do I ensure my daughter has the best opportunity of receiving an offer from MLC?

From 2020, MLC will conduct its own scholarship testing independently from other girls’ schools. To be considered for an MLC scholarship, you must register with MLC directly via our website by 7 February 2020. 

Does my daughter have to sit the examination at MLC?

Yes. However, students living more than 400 kilometres from Perth, who are unable to travel to MLC to sit the examination, should apply for the remote location scholarship when registering online. 

What if I don’t register prior to 7 February 2020?

Late registrations will not be accepted after this date.

Who can apply?

We encourage girls from independent and state schools to apply for 2021 scholarships including:

  • Music scholarships for entry into Years 5–10
  • Academic scholarships for entry into Years 5, 6, 7 and 10
  • Boarding scholarships for entry into Years 7 and 10
Can my daughter apply for more than one scholarship?

Yes. We offer Academic, Music and Boarding scholarships.

How do I prepare for the scholarship test?

Special preparation or coaching is not likely to improve your results. The best preparation is to arrive relaxed and refreshed on the testing day.

What are scholarship tests?

Scholarship tests are designed to identify and distinguish between students of high academic ability. They are more difficult than the normal achievement tests students often take in schools.

They are timed tests assessing how clearly a student can demonstrate higher-order critical thinking skills.

What reduction of the fees can I expect from an MLC Scholarship?
  • Academic and/or Boarding Scholarships
  • Music Scholarships

Scholarships typically provide a 50 per cent tuition-fee reduction or, in the case of our Boarding Scholarship, a 100 per cent boarding fee reduction.

The Ohman Music Scholarship provides a 75 per cent remission of academic tuition fees and 100 per cent of music tuition on one instrument for the duration of Years 7–12 (subject to means testing).

Council Music Scholarships awarded in Years 7–10 provide a 50 per cent remission of academic tuition fees and 100 per cent of music tuition on one instrument for the duration of Years 7–12 .

Council Music Scholarships awarded in Years 5 and 6 typically provide a 50 per cent remission of academic tuition fees and 100 per cent of music tuition on one instrument until the end of Year 6.

When are the music auditions?

Auditions for Music Scholarships will be held at the College between Monday 10–Thursday 20 February 2020.

How can I find out more about Music at MLC?

View MLC’s Music Handbook online. Music Administration staff are available to answer any questions about music opportunities at the College.

Prospective scholarship candidates are strongly encouraged to attend the annual Music Makers for a Day event. 

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