A.B. Paterson College awards a number of Scholarships each year in the areas of Academic and Music Excellence.

Scholarships at A.B. Paterson College are awarded following the publication of the results of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) Scholarship Examination held in February each year.  A small number of full and part Scholarships, based on academic or musical ability, are available. Scholarships subsequently awarded commence in the following year.

Students in Years 6, 9 and 10 are eligible to apply for these Scholarships, according to the Terms and Conditions of the specific Scholarship. These Scholarships are offered on a competitive basis and are based upon the results of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) Scholarship Examination, the student’s application, and an interview with the Principal.

These Scholarships, awarded to successful students, are offered, in general, for a period of three years of their education ie Years 7-9 and Years 10-12. Year 10 students awarded a Scholarship in Year 11 are awarded this Scholarship, in general, for both of their senior years of study – Year 11 and Year 12.

In 2019, A.B. Paterson College will offer ACER Scholarship testing in: Year 6 (Level 1), Year 9 (Level 2), Year 10 (Level 3) for 2020 scholarships in Years 7-9, Years 10-12 and Years 11-12 respectively. This is explained more fully in the table below.

Year Level of Application
Scholarship Awarded for Years
Year 6 (2019)
ACER Level 1
Year 7 (2020)
Year 8 (2021)
Year 9 (2022)
Year 9 (2019)
ACER Level 2
Year 10 (2020)
Year 11 (2021)
Year 12 (2022)
Year 10 (2019)
ACER Level 3
Year 11 (2020)
Year 12 (2021)


Students wishing to apply for Scholarships in Years 10-12, who are already A.B. Paterson College Scholarship holders for Years 7-9, are eligible as Year 9 students to apply/reapply for Scholarship in Years 10-12. 

All students, regardless of their current school, are welcome to apply and sit for the Scholarship test. Applicants who are unsuccessful are informed of this by letter. 

Students who apply for a Music Excellence Scholarships are also expected to sit for the ACER Scholarship examination, as the College requires that Music Excellence Scholarship holders should also be competent academic students. Please register online for the appropriate ACER scholarship examination as indicated above.

Sometime after the examination, auditions will be held for prospective Music Excellence Scholarship awardees.

*** NB Please note that students who apply for a Music Excellence Scholarship in Years 10-12 must study Music as an elective subject in these years.

Students, who have applied for enrolment at A.B. Paterson College in year levels eligible for scholarship consideration, will be informed of the forthcoming examination. 

All Scholarships are reviewed annually and students must maintain their academic standing to retain their Scholarship. 

NB. Please complete the appropriate College application form available at Academic and Music Excellence Scholarships and return the completed form to Karen Milburn, Head of Admissions at the College, at kmilburn@abpat.qld.edu.au

Scholarship Registration for 2019 ACER testing below:

ACER Scholarship Test Date: Saturday 16 February, 2019. 

Opening Date: Monday, 5 November, 2018 - to register go to the ACER website https://scholarships.acer.edu.au/.

Closing Date:  Friday, 1 February, 2019 at 4pm.

No registrations will be accepted after this time.  Students holding a student visa (subclass 500) are not eligible to register.

Scholarship Candidate Information