Scholarships and Prizes

Methodist Ladies' College is proud to offer our own MLC Scholarship programme, open to both current and new MLC students. Our scholarships include:

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

Each year scholarships of varying concessions are offered to celebrate and encourage excellence in our girls.

We welcome applications from girls who reflect our values and who are eager to fully participate in College life and all the opportunities MLC has to offer.

Testing and auditions for MLC 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 scholarship applicants, including Music and Boarding Scholarship applicants, must sit the academic scholarship test.

Girls who perform well in their testing will be invited to an interview with our Principal, where a final decision will be made. Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the Principal.

Students can hold one Scholarship at a time. All Scholarship holders will have their progress reviewed annually. Retention of a Scholarship is conditional upon the holder maintaining high standards in academic achievement and conduct throughout her schooling at MLC.

For more information please contact our MLC Admissions Team: admissions@mlc.wa.edu.au, +61 (08) 9383 0217.

MLC 2022 Scholarship Applications are now open and close on 7 February 2021.

Apply for a 2022 Scholarship here.

About MLC Scholarships

Academic Scholarships

Each year MLC offers a number of Academic Scholarships to girls entering Years 5, 6, 7 and 10. 

Academic Scholarships are awarded for academic excellence and provide a Tuition fee reduction of 25 per cent. A further reduction of Tuition fees may be provided on a needs-based approach by means of a financial assessment of individual circumstances. Applicants should indicate on the application form whether they wish to be considered for a further reduction.

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 graduation at the end of Year 12 at MLC. Retention of a Scholarship is conditional upon the holder maintaining high standards in academic achievement and conduct throughout her schooling at MLC. 

MLC 2022 Scholarship Applications are now open and close on 7 February 2021.

Apply for a 2022 Scholarship here.

Boarding Scholarships

MLC would like to invite girls who live in regional Western Australia to apply for a Boarding Scholarship.

All girls wishing to apply for this scholarship are required to sit the academic scholarship test.

Scholarships for boarding in the beautiful MLC Boarding House provide a Boarding Fee reduction of 50 per cent. A further reduction of Boarding Fees may be provided on a needs-based approach by means of a financial assessment of individual circumstances. Applicants should indicate on the application form whether they wish to be considered for a further reduction.

Successful candidates entering Years 7–10 hold their Scholarships until graduation at the end of Year 12 at MLC.

Retention of a Scholarship is conditional upon the holder maintaining high standards in academic achievement and conduct throughout her schooling at MLC.

MLC 2022 Scholarship Applications are now open and close on 7 February 2021.

Apply for a 2022 Scholarship here.

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.

Music Scholarships are awarded on the basis of musical excellence and potential, and provide a Tuition fee reduction of 25 per cent and cover 100 per cent of Music Tuition Fees for one instrument. A further reduction of Tuition fees may be provided on a needs-based approach by means of a financial assessment of individual circumstances. Applicants should indicate on the application form whether they wish to be considered for a further reduction.

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 7–10 hold their Scholarships until graduation at the end of Year 12 at MLC.

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 Years 8 to 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.

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 Years 7–12 are required to enrol in class music, select the music course of study in Years 11 and 12 and participate in at least two large 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 the 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 2021 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 Music Scholarships, the College offers a wide range of music prizes for current MLC students in Years 6–12. 

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

MLC 2022 Scholarship Applications are now open and close on 7 February 2021.

Apply for a 2022 Scholarship here.

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)
  • Music Portfolio
  • Reference Letter (from Instrumental/Vocal Tutor)

Auditions will need to be recorded and uploaded to a link provided upon receipt of application form. Candidates must upload their supporting materials which include a Music Portfolio, letters of recommendation and copies of their audition pieces.

Accompaniment is not required or expected. Student are welcome to record pieces with accompaniment or backing tracks where practical.

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

SCHOLARSHIPS FAQs

When can I apply for a Scholarship?

Applications for 2022 Scholarships will be open from mid-November 2020 to 7 February 2021.

How do I apply for a Scholarship?

To be considered for an MLC scholarship, you can register with MLC directly via our website. Apply for a Scholarship here.

My daughter is already an MLC girl. Can she apply?

Yes. MLC Scholarships are open to current MLC girls as well as future MLC girls.

Who supervises the MLC scholarship process and examinations?

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

Does my daughter have to sit the examination at MLC?

Yes. Our Scholarship testing is conducted independently from other girls’ schools, on the MLC campus in Claremont. 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 applying online. 

What if I don’t register prior to 7 February 2021?

Late registrations will not be accepted after this date so please ensure you register early to avoid disappointment.

Who can apply?

We encourage girls from independent and state schools who reflect our values and are eager to fully participate in College life to apply for a 2022 scholarship.

Which type of Scholarships does MLC offer?
  • Academic Scholarships for entry into Years 5, 6, 7 and 10
  • Music Scholarships for entry into Years 5–10
  • Boarding Scholarships for entry into Years 7–10
How many Scholarships does MLC award?

The number of Scholarships awarded varies each year at the discretion of the Principal.

Can my daughter apply for more than one Scholarship?

Yes. We offer Academic, Music and Boarding Scholarships.

My daughter is an international student, can she apply?

Yes. International students (including Full-Fee-Paying) are welcome to apply for any of our Scholarships. Should your daughter be one of the successful candidates, the value of the Scholarship will be based on Local Fees.

Can my daughter be offered more than one Scholarship?

No. Students can hold one Scholarship at a time.

What are scholarship tests?

Scholarship tests are designed to identify and distinguish between students of high academic ability.

They are timed tests which assess how clearly a student can demonstrate higher-order critical thinking skills. You can read more about the nature of the Scholarship tests on the Academic Assessment Services website.

How can my daughter prepare for the Scholarship test?

Special preparation or coaching is not likely to improve your daughter’s results. The best preparation is for your daughter to arrive relaxed and refreshed on the testing day. Feel free to visit the Academic Assessment Services website for more information.

How will I know how well my daughter did in her test?

After the completion of the entire Scholarship process, you will receive a summary of your daughter’s performance. You can expect to receive this summary towards the start of Term 2.

What reduction of the fees can I expect from an MLC Scholarship?

Each year a number of Academic, Music and Boarding Scholarships with varying percentages of fee reductions are offered at the discretion of the Principal. Please refer to each specific Scholarship type on this webpage for more information on the fee reductions offered.

When are the music auditions?

Auditions for Music Scholarships will be held at the College between 1-12 February 2021.

How can I find out more about Music at MLC?

MLC is proud to offer a phenomenal music programme. View MLC’s Music Handbook online. Feel free to contact our Music Administration team to answer any questions about music opportunities at the MLC: music@mlc.wa.edu.au, +61 (08) 9383 0222.

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

What happens after the Scholarship testing day?

The MLC Scholarship tests are conducted by an independent third-party provider. Once we receive the marked results back from the Academic Assessment Services, a selection panel undertakes a rigorous process to review all results and shortlist candidates for further consideration. Shortlisted candidates are invited to an interview with the Principal, after which Scholarship Offers will be made at her discretion.

The Impact of MLC Scholarships

Hear from one of our Boarding Scholarship recipients about the impact of our scholarships.

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