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Rosemary Bishop Indigenous Education Scholarship

Creating opportunities for Indigenous children to learn, dream, achieve and succeed

A Rosemary Bishop Indigenous Education Scholarship covers full boarding and tuition costs to attend one of Australia’s leading boarding schools from Year 7 through to Year 12. In addition to gaining a high-quality academic education, Yalari scholars are also exposed to extracurricular sporting, vocational and life experiences that they might otherwise never encounter.

About the Rosemary Bishop Scholarship

Each year, up to 50 Yalari scholarships are offered to Indigenous children from regional and remote communities who satisfy the selection criteria and are willing to give 100% towards their education.

The Yalari scholarship program supports students holistically during their time at school, with a network of educational, pastoral, personal and cultural support provided by the Yalari team through wellbeing and educational support programs as well as camps and activities organised each year. Working closely alongside our partner schools, we work to make sure Yalari scholars are supported to thrive at their schools.

To be eligible, students must be entering Year 7 and come from a regional or remote community across Australia.

The story behind the Scholarship

Mrs Rosemary Bishop was a primary school teacher at Murgon State School who was instrumental in securing a scholarship for Yalari’s Founding Director, Waverley Stanley AM to attend Toowoomba Grammar School back in 1979.

Over 40 years on, Yalari scholarships are named in her honour and are awarded annually to children from across Australia to study at one of our 20 partner schools.

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.

Applications for Yalari scholarships beginning in 2025 are now open.

To apply, visit this link: https://www.yalari.org/apply-now/

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.

Interested in learning more?

If you wish to find out more or have any questions, please call our student support team on (07) 5665 8688 or email below.

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