Indigenous Education Program

Established in 2006, the Indigenous Education Program at The Scots College aims to make a profound difference in boys’ lives by giving them the opportunity to be a fine Scots boy.

Research shows that the inability to access long-term quality education is one of the major contributing factors to the self-perpetuating cycle of unemployment, poverty and ill health experienced by some of Australia’s Indigenous communities today.

The Scots College Indigenous Students’ Bursary Fund was established to provide top quality secondary educational opportunities for young Indigenous men through our Indigenous Education Program. The Program offers a Scots education to Indigenous boys who demonstrate leadership potential and, with the support of their families, are committed to achieving excellence in their lives.

Today, there is a wonderful cohort of Indigenous boys across Years 7 to 12 who enjoy and enrich the College community. One of the great benefits of this Program is that it builds community around passionate commitment, care, respect and love.

Indigenous Education Program Sponsors

Alongside the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) and the Waratah Project are the following sponsors:

  • The Lewis Foundation
  • The Howarth Foundation
  • Way In Network Australia
  • Dundawin Pty Ltd TA Advisory Centre for Australian Education
  • Mostyn Family Foundation
  • Jake and Belinda Haines
  • Trent and Lisa Peterson
  • Oliver Curtis and Roxy Davis-Jacenko
  • Michael White and Katherine Ravich

Our sponsors are a group of wonderfully generous people who mostly prefer to remain anonymous. We know who you are and thank you, sincerely, for making the Indigenous Education Program possible.

Indigenous Scholarships and Bursaries

The Scots College offers scholarships for the Indigenous Education Program, with places available in Years 7 and 8 each year.

To apply for an Indigenous Education scholarship, please:

Please note, in order to qualify for an AIEF scholarship you must prove that your combined income does not exceed $200,000 by supplying current tax returns. If your income is over this amount, please advise of special circumstances in order to be considered.

Applications for 2024 Indigenous Education Scholarships have now closed. For those interested in 2025 enrolment, the deadline for 2025 scholarship applications is Saturday 1 June 2024.

For more information on Indigenous Scholarships and Bursaries, contact Head of Indigenous Education, Ms Justine Kolliou at [email protected]

“We have two main aims. First, to have Indigenous boys as an everyday part of College life, enriching the lives of all students and the College community so that they understand and appreciate Indigenous culture, have Indigenous friends and break the cycles of inequality and cultural separation. The second aim is for their education to benefit their communities in some way, not just themselves.” Dr Ian PM Lambert, Principal

Indigenous Education – Application for Enrolment

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William Elder


Mr Alan Elder was born in Scotland and migrated to Australia with his parents at a young age. He attended The Scots College for all his schooling, graduating in 1944. He played 1st XI Cricket and was a member of the College Cadet Unit. After leaving school Mr Elder studied accountancy and retained a life-long love of the College, especially the Pipes and Drums. Mr Elder never married, however the significant bequest he left will allow his Scots family to remember him through the Lang Walker Business Centre.