The Rennie Coutts STEM Scholarship provides an extraordinary opportunity for young women to nurture their passion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) at Wesley College. Wesley College is one of Australia’s largest coeducational schools, with unique curriculum opportunities and access to programs designed to develop and sustain girls’ interest in STEM.

This scholarship recognises the late Rennie Coutts, an advocate of girls’ education in a coeducational environment and a passionate supporter of the pursuit of excellence in the fields of maths and science. Rennie, who was a teacher by vocation and the former Director of Pre School Centres Victoria, had no prior association with Wesley College, which makes her gift for girls and their progress in STEM fields even more poignant.

Applications open on 15 November 2021 and close on 28 January 2022.

If you are keen to get a reminder about the STEM Scholarship, please register your interest by clicking the below link and we will get in touch once the applications open.

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To be eligible for the Rennie Coutts STEM Scholarship for Girls, applicants must be:

  • a new female student entering Years 7 or 9 at the Elsternwick Campus, or Years 7, 9, 10 or 11 at the St Kilda Road or Glen Waverley Campus in 2023
  • an Australian citizen or a temporary or permanent resident visa holder
  • able to demonstrate an interest in, and aptitude for, STEM
  • take the academic test, which is held in February prior to the year of entry when the applying student is in Year 6, 8, 9 or 10

All applicants should register for the academic test to apply for the Rennie Coutts STEM Scholarship for Girls. Applicants entering Year 7 or 10 will also be considered for an academic scholarship should they be unsuccessful in receiving a STEM Scholarship.

Applications can be made for one Wesley campus only.

The Rennie Coutts STEM Scholarship for Girls is awarded on the results of the academic test and written science task, academic records, letter of reference and an interview with Head of Campus (or delegate). Interviews are held both in person and via video conference, depending on the applicant’s location. No other supporting documentation or testing/academic results will be considered.

Applicants are assessed using a combination of the following selection criteria:

  • academic test and written science task
  • excellent academic records
  • participation and achievement in STEM related programs and activities
  • letter of reference

The following documents are required in order for your application to be processed:

  • the applicant’s most recent school report
  • a recent photograph of the applicant
  • For students applying for years 7, 9 or 10, their most current NAPLAN results
  • a statement from the applicant outlining their motivation for applying for the Rennie Coutts STEM Scholarship for girls. Accepted file formats include: PNG, JPG, PDF, DOC and DOCX
  • Evidence of participation and achievement in STEM related programs and activities eg relevant clubs or competitions
  • A letter of reference from a teacher, mentor or tutor outlining the candidates skill and potential in STEM.
  • a completed Enrolment Questionnaire, which will be sent to you to complete if you have been shortlisted after sitting the academic test.

Please email these documents to scholarships@wesleycollege.edu.au on or before 28 January 2022.

Please ensure all documents are saved with the applicant’s name and supplied in one email. Information received after this date is not able to be considered.

Applications incur a non-refundable $100 application fee.

Scholarship Terms and Conditions

STEP 1. REGISTER FOR THE ACADEMIC TEST ONLINE

Scholarship applications for 2023 entry will open on 15 November 2021. Register for the test relevant to the applicant’s year level and for the Rennie Coutts STEM Scholarship for Girls.

The registration link will be published on this page on 15 November 2021.

STEP 2. SUBMIT SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS VIA EMAIL

Please email the below documentation to scholarships@wesleycollege.edu.au on or before 28 January 2022.

  • the applicant’s most recent school report
  • a recent photograph of the applicant
  • For students applying for years 7, 9 or 10, their most current NAPLAN results
  • a statement from the applicant outlining their motivation for applying for the Rennie Coutts STEM Scholarship for girls. Accepted file formats include: PNG, JPG, PDF, DOC and DOCX
  • Evidence of participation and achievement in STEM related programs and activities eg relevant clubs or competitions
  • A letter of reference from a teacher, mentor or tutor outlining the candidates skill and potential in STEM.
  • a completed Enrolment Questionnaire, which will be sent to you to complete if you have been shortlisted after sitting the academic test.

STEP 3. SIT THE ACADEMIC TEST AND SCIENCE TASK

Students sit the test at Wesley College. The academic test covers a range of disciplines including numerical reasoning, reading comprehension and mathematics. Applicants for the Rennie Coutts STEM Scholarship for Girls will also complete a supplementary 30-minute science-based written exercise at the testing.

Please visit the EduTest website or call +61 (0)3 9014 1411 to find out about:

  • how to prepare using practice tests
  • the remote testing service for students who are interstate, overseas or remote from the testing venue
  • what happens if your child is sick on testing day.

STEP 4. INTERVIEW

Shortlisted applicants are invited to complete and return an Enrolment Questionnaire before an interview with the Head of Campus (or delegate). Interviews are held both in person or via video conference, depending on the applicant’s location.

STEP 5. SCHOLARSHIP OFFER AND OUTCOME

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted within three weeks of the academic testing date. Please note, results from the academic testing are unable to be released to families.

Successful applicants will be sent a letter of offer via email. To formally accept, applicants must sign the letter of offer and pay a one-off confirmation fee of $1200 and Tuition Contribution fee of $2800. These fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Unsuccessful applicants are welcome to reapply for a scholarship in future years, where eligibility criteria are met.

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