The Capital Chemist College Scholarships are for ACT public school students who will be in their final year of secondary education in 2018.

Each of the ACT’s nine secondary colleges and two specialist schools will be awarded up to three scholarships, including an Academic Excellence Scholarship, a Citizenship Scholarship and a Capital Chemist Scholarship to be offered to a student with a particular need.

Each scholar will receive $1000 to be used for their direct educational benefit during their final year of schooling. Funds are to be administered by the student’s School Principal, on the scholar’s behalf.

The scholarship is to cover educational expenses such as:

  • Face-To-Face Tutoring or Online Tutoring
  • Uniforms and equipment
  • Stationery and books
  • Laptop
  • Excursions and camps

If a student leaves public school before the end of Year 12, the scholarship will lapse. Any unspent monies at the end of the scholarship period must be refunded to the Public Education Foundation scholarship fund.

Before applying for this scholarship, click here to read the scholarship terms and conditions


  • Attends one of the following ACT secondary colleges; Canberra College, Dickson College, Erindale College, Gungahlin College, Hawker College, Lake Tuggeranong College, University of Canberra Senior Secondary College, Melba Copland Secondary College, Narrabundah College, The Woden School and Black Mountain Sch
  • Currently in Year 11
  • Australian citizen or permanent resident


  • Potential to do well at school and be able to demonstrate that the scholarship will make a significant contribution to reaching that potential
  • Have a positive attitude towards school and high rates of attendance
  • Intention to complete their HSC and continue to tertiary education
  • Have clear future career goals
  • Evidence that the student is an active participant in school life and the community, in both curricular and extra-curricular activities will be considered favourably
  • Evidence or testimony from the school principal of high potential
  • Agree to the terms and conditions of the scholarship, including providing feedback to the Public Education Foundation and at the completion of each academic year during the scholarship pe


A selection panel will review all scholarship applications and assess them against the selection criteria. The selection panel will include representatives of the Public Education Foundation and Capital Chemist College Scholarships Committee. After considering all applications, the selection panel will recommend the selected applicants for the approval of the Public Education Foundation’s Board.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome via email. If successful, the scholarship recipient’s school principal will also receive notification directly.

 How To Apply

All applications are managed via the Foundation’s online portal, where you will need to sign up for a FluidReview account to access the form.

Applicants may apply for one or more of the following Scholarships:

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship – the student demonstrates an outstanding record of achievement in schooling or has shown particular improvement or commitment to their stud
  • Citizenship Scholarship – the student demonstrates a strong record of participation in community activities at school or in the community.
  • Capital Chemist Scholarship – the student demonstrates potential or ability in a particular area or skill which the school supports or wants to foster

Please ensure you indicate which scholarship/s you are applying for on your Application Form. You may apply for more than one scholarship category however no scholar will be awarded more than one scholarship.

Prior to starting your application, you should compile the following information ready to submit:

  • Applicant details including:
    • full name
    • gender
    • date of birth
    • phone number
    • address
    • email
  • Residence status
  • Parent/guardian details (at least one but up to two)
    • name
    • phone number
    • relationship to student
    • email address
  • School details:
    • name of school
    • address
    • principal name
    • email
  • School Point of Contact – the person at the school who you would like correspondence sent to – name, phone number and email
  • Basic information about you / your family:
    • highest education qualification of your immediate family
    • whether you are Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, or Pacific or South Sea Islander
    • if you are from a Non-English Speaking Background
    • country of origin of your parents and yourself
    • which languages you speak and are spoken at home
    • whether you have been in out-of-home care
    • socio-economic background
    • how you found out about the scholarship
  • Which of the three scholarship categories you are applying for
  • A statement outlining why you, the applicant, is a suitable candidate for this scholarship and how you meet each of the selection criteria. Please also outline your academic plan (Maximum 400 words)
  • A copy of all pages of your most recent school report ready to upload
  • A personal reference (PDF or Word format, maximum 400 words)
  • A reference from your Principal (PDF or Word format, maximum 400 words)

Note for Principals: Please be aware that your reference is a critical component of the application form and your feedback is given considerable weight in the process of panel deliberations.  The panels are looking for feedback that goes well beyond simple confirmation that the student is enrolled in your school, or that you endorse the application.


Once you have finalized your application and all elements are complete (including references as required) you can submit it for review.

Applications must be submitted by 11.59pm on Tuesday 17 October 2017.


Call the Public Education Foundation on 02 9266 8452 or email us for more information

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