The Public Education Foundation’s J Holden Family Foundation Scholarship for Music was established to support talented musicians attend the Conservatorium High School. The scholarship is offered to a student whose financial circumstances are such that they would substantially benefit from this scholarship.

The scholarship for will provide financial support to help the student with resources and services relevant to improving their musical and educational outcomes. It will include a payment of $3,000 when the student commences Year 7 at the Conservatorium High School.

The scholarship is to cover musical and educational expenses such as:

  • Purchase of a musical instrument relevant to their musical studies
  • Musical tuition
  • Uniforms and other equipment
  • Stationery and books
  • Laptop
  • Excursions and camps

The student must remain enrolled as a student of the Conservatorium High School’s for the duration of the scholarship. If a student leaves the Conservatorium High School before the end of Year 7, 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


  • Currently in Year 6
  • Intending to apply for enrolment in Year 7 at the Conservatorium High School
  • Australian citizen or permanent resident


  • Potential to do well at the Conservatorium High School and be able to demonstrate that the scholarship will make a significant contribution to reaching their musical ambitions
  • Assessment of all round musical potential based on the audition and assessment process of the Conservatorium High School
  • Commitment to study at the Conservatorium High School
  • Evidence or testimony from your Primary School Principal and music teacher of high musical 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 period.


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, a representative from the Conservatorium High School and independent experts.  After considering all applications, the selection panel will recommend the selected applicant 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.


To apply for the J Holden Family Foundation Scholarship, students can access the link to the online portal via our Scholarships page

Please note that all applications are now received via the Foundation’s online portal.  You will need to sign up for a FluidReview account to access the form.

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
  • Current school details:
    • name of school
    • address
    • principal name
    • email
  • School Point of Contract – the person at the school who you would like correspondence sent to – name, phone number and email
    • Basic information about 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 instrument/s you play
  • A statement outlining why you, the applicant, is a suitable candidate for this scholarship and how you meet the selection criteria.  Please also outline your academic plan (maximum 400 words)
  • A copy of all pages your most recent school report
  • A personal reference from your music teacher outlining why the applicant would be a worthy recipient of the scholarship.  Please provide information about the personal qualities and circumstances of the student that indicates that they would benefit significantly from the scholarship (PDF or Word format, maximum 400 words).
  • A reference from your current primary school Principals (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 and/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 5 December 2017


Call the Public Education Foundation on 02 9266 8452 or email us.

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