“The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.” 
Nelson Henderson

The state-of-the-art learning environment Scots boys currently experience is a result of the foresight and generosity of the College and its community over many generations. In addition, bursaries and scholarships have been distributed to support the education of deserving boys at The Scots College.

Leaving a gift to the College in your will (also known as a bequest) ensures that what you value most, will continue to be supported in the years ahead. It is your opportunity to:

Your gift today will make an incredible difference to students now and in the future.

Read more of the following bequests that continue to make a difference.

When considering your will you can bequeath:

Your gift may be unrestricted or designated:

Unrestricted Bequest

An unrestricted bequest to The Scots College, via The Scots College Foundation Endowment Fund, enables the College to choose how the gift will be applied.

Designated Bequest

designated bequest enables you to choose how your gift will be applied. You can elect to support a specific philanthropic pillar of the College, such as Buildings and Grounds, the Indigenous Bursary Program or General Scholarships and Bursaries.

When preparing your will or submitting amendments, we recommend you discuss this important matter with your solicitor who will be able to advise the best way of including a bequest to The Scots College Foundation. If you have already made your will, you can add a codicil to include the Foundation – a simple and inexpensive procedure.

Useful Information

The following information might be helpful for your family and your solicitor when considering leaving a gift to the College in your will:

Wording for including a gift to the College.
Download our printable codicil form.

You may also choose to donate shares which can be facilitated through ShareGift. Please visit their website for further details.

Your Opportunity to Establish an Endowment Fund

Another option is to establish an endowment fund, a fund named in your memory or in the memory of a loved one. The capital remains untouched in perpetuity and the interest of the fund is used for your pre-designated purpose, such as a scholarship or bursary.

Take a Tour of the College. See What Your Bequest Will Do

When considering a bequest, we welcome you to take a tour of the College and discuss your thoughts with us.

Please contact the Advancement Office on +61 2 9391 7853 or email [email protected] to arrange a personal tour.

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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.

Rowland Farquharson


The RM Farquharson Bursary has been established to assist boys to attend the College when financial circumstances would otherwise prevent them from commencing or continuing at the College. Mr Farquharson’s life and bequest stand as evidence to the values of disciplined education, which he saw as essential to the health and wellbeing of society.

Warren Halloran


In 2012, Old Boy, the late Mr Warren Halloran AM (’56), gifted a 700-acre parcel of land to the College in the Shoalhaven. Two years later, on 14 October 2018, the late Major General the Honourable Michael Jeffery AC, AO (Mil), CVO, MC (Retd) and Mrs Marlena Jeffery, and a host of distinguished guests officially opened our newly named site, ‘Bannockburn’.

Before the gift was made, Mr Halloran first asked the question: “How would The Scots College use the property?” This question prompted visits to the site, consultations with staff, reading and evaluation of our current offerings, and research into other large acreage educational precincts around the world.

At the time, there was a strong, emerging theme coming out of our Glengarry reviews that we needed to do more before boys were taken to Glengarry and more follow-up work afterwards. We also discovered that many boys and families were looking for opportunities for boys to engage in studies related to environmental science, agricultural science, native and endangered species, and water and energy management.

We needed a developmental Kindergarten to Year 12 active learning, adventure-based curriculum designed as a way to help students become more ‘alive, alert, and responsible’ inside their campuses and classrooms, and to institutionalise the process in the broader learning experience. We concluded that we needed a site for adventure-based experiential programs – providing challenging and engaging activities with focused reflection to build character, promote teamwork, develop curiosity and enquiry, and encourage social and environmental responsibility.

Experiential education is different from traditional schooling approaches in that it first immerses learners in an experience, and then encourages reflection about the experience to develop new skills, new attitudes, or new ways of thinking.

The master plan for Bannockburn will be completed this year and we look forward to starting the infrastructure development needed to bring the full vision to reality so that hundreds of boys can experience and enjoy Bannockburn’s pristine environment. Enjoy the video.

John Hanks


Mr John Hanks was born in Victoria but educated in New South Wales. He was Proxime Accessit to the Dux of The Scots College in 1942. After obtaining his Bachelor of Science from The University of Sydney he went to St Andrew’s College. He was a fine chess player throughout his life. The John N Hanks Archives Centre stands as testament of Mr Hank’s generosity and he will be remembered by future generations.

Walter South


During his time at the College, Mr Walter South was a keen sportsman. He was in the 1st XI Cricket team in 1931, 1932 and 1933. In 1932 he played for Scots Tennis and was Captain of the AAGPS 2nds in 1933. The generosity and forethought of Mr South has been recognised, in line with his wishes, through the WA South Memorial Bursaries. These bursaries are available to current and future students who demonstrate academic and sporting ability as well as financial need.