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Applications are now open for 2025

Applications for the Rosemary Bishop Indigenous Education Scholarship are now open. 

Before beginning your application, we encourage you to read more about our Support Program and our Partner Schools as well as the scholarship FAQs and application process below.

To be eligible for a Yalari scholarship, you must be:

  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • Entering into Year 7 in 2025
  • Living in regional or remote Australia

The application consists of two parts: an online form and a written submission with supporting documents. All parts must be completed for your application to be processed. 

Applications will close on the 30th of April 2024.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Student Support team on (07) 5665 8668.

Application Process

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The scholarship application is done in two parts: an online submission and a written submission with supporting documents. Both parts must be completed in order to be considered for a Yalari scholarship. 

We recommend starting the application early to ensure you have enough time to complete all parts of the application.

Applications will close on the 30th of April.

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Interview with Yalari

Once applications are closed, all applications are reviewed by Yalari’s Student Support team.

Yalari staff will travel to the communities of shortlisted applicants to interview the students and their families.

These interviews take place each year between June and August.

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Interview with School

Following interviews with Yalari staff, applicants who make it to the next stage will visit the schools to see the campus and have an interview with school staff.

These interviews take place between August and October.

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Acceptance

The exciting part! You’re now a Yalari scholar! We will work with you to make sure you’re ready to begin at your new school in the new year. 

To help prepare our students for their new experience, you will come to our Orientation Camp in early January at The Southport School where you’ll be welcomed as a Yalari scholar and have the opportunity to meet other students and the Yalari staff who will support you along your journey!

Scholarship FAQs

The Rosemary Bishop Indigenous Education Scholarship is available to Indigenous children from regional and remote communities and towns throughout Australia who will be entering Year 7. Scholarships are limited to two children per family.

You can begin your application here.

When you apply for the Rosemary Bishop Indigenous Education Scholarship you will need to include in your application:

  • A completed Yalari Scholarship Application Pack (ALL questions completed)
  • A copy of the applicant’s birth certificate
  • A recent colour heads and shoulders photograph of the applicant
  • Semester 1 & 2 school reports from Year 5
  • A copy of the applicant’s Year 5 NAPLAN results
  • Other attachments e.g court orders (if applicable)

The selection of Yalari scholars is based on:

  • Academic effort in primary school and school references
  • Primary school attendance rates
  • Participation in leadership, sport and extracurricular activities at school and in their communities
  • Family support to attend boarding school
  • Performance in interviews with Yalari and partner school staff

Once applications are received, a selection panel will review the applications and a shortlist of candidates is identified. Shortlisted candidates are interviewed by Yalari staff in their own home with their family. Based on the outcome of this interview, a recommendation will be made for the candidate and a guardian to attend an interview at the selected Yalari partner school. Following the school interview and feedback from the school, Yalari will make a decision about whether a scholarship will be awarded.

The selection of our students is carefully planned to ensure a good fit between students and schools.

The Rosemary Bishop Indigenous Education scholarship covers most costs of attending our partner schools. Parents are asked to make a financial contribution towards the scholarship, as well as cover incidentals for students.

You can view the Yalari Scholarship fee guidelines here.

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