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Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) Scholarship

Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School (IGGS) is an Educational Partner of the AIEF and offers a limited number of scholarships under the AIEF Scholarship Program. The AIEF Scholarship Program provides scholarships that enable Indigenous students in financial need to attend leading Australian schools and universities.

The AIEF Scholarships available at IGGS facilitate choice by removing the financial barriers that may prevent Indigenous students who want to pursue their education with IGGS from doing so.

AIEF Scholarship holders are expected to participate actively in all aspects of an all-round education and support others at IGGS. Selection is based on the applicant meeting AIEF Scholarship eligibility criteria, together with criteria determined by the School.


To be eligible for an AIEF Scholarship a student needs to be/have:

  • An Indigenous Australian.
  • Eligible for and in receipt of ABSTUDY.
  • Accepted for enrolment as a boarder at an AIEF Partner School.
  • Not receiving any other scholarship.
  • Enthusiastic about attending school.
  • Likely to successfully complete Year 12.
  • In financial need.
  • Parents/family that have demonstrated support and encouragement for the enrolment and the scholarship.
  • Parents/family that have committed to making a financial contribution to the expenses.
  • ATO Notice of Assessment
  • A completed AIEF Application form (click here)


Additional selection criteria, as determined by IGGS:

  • Sound academic achievement.
  • Willingness to contribute to the curricular and co-curricular activities of the School, that is, participate in at least two of the following: one sport, one service and one cultural activity each year.
  • Ability to comply with the School’s high expectations regarding attitudes, behaviour, uniform, and use of technology.

How to Apply

Applications for AIEF Scholarships are currently closed and will open in December 2022.

Your application should include:

  • Completed AIEF Scholarship Application Form
  • Completed Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School Application for Enrolment (Application fee of $110 may be postponed until outcome of application is known)
  • A copy of your daughter’s birth certificate
  • You daughter’s last two school reports
  • NAPLAN results for Years 3 and 5 (and Years 7 and 9 if applicable)
  • Details of expulsions or suspensions (if applicable)
  • Specialist reports (if applicable)
  • Medical reports (if applicable)
  • Court orders (if applicable)


The application should also include a portfolio, in support of the selection criteria, demonstrating:

  • Sound academic achievement
  • Participation in community service activities (volunteering)
  • Participation in one level of the Arts (Visual Art, Drama, Music)
  • Participation in sport (preferably a QGSSSA sport)
  • Record of excellent behaviour
  • May include a letter of reference

Submitting your application

Applications and portfolios may be submitted via email, to



If successful, the AIEF Scholarship awarded to the applicant will be for the payment of the difference between ABSTUDY Funding, the Parent Contribution and any other external funding (ie Under 16 Boarding Supplement) of the School tuition and boarding fees each year, commencing in 2023, and extending to the end of Year 12. This scholarship does not include the enrolment application fee ($110), incidental expenses ie pharmacy and individual tuition for co-curricular activities which may be taken in addition to the established curriculum subjects.


In order to maintain the AIEF Scholarship, the student and their family must:

  • Be eligible for and receive ABSTUDY
  • Be currently enrolled, or accepted for enrolment, as a boarder at IGGS
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm and intend to complete school through to Year 12
  • Comply with the School’s high expectations regarding attitudes, behaviour, uniform, and use of technology (reviewed each semester)
  • Not bring discredit to the School in any way (immediate cancellation)
  • Make the compulsory contribution to their child’s education expenses according to AIEF’s Scale of Parent Contribution
  • Support the scholarship conditions and keep information confidential
  • Each year, provide copies of ATO Notices of Assessment from the previous financial year
  • Provide in writing to the School an explanation about any delay in settling an account and a request to arrange alternative payment options


Right to Withdraw

Each Scholarship is granted on the understanding that the School has the right to withdraw the Scholarship if the aforementioned conditions are not met. Potential withdrawal of a Scholarship will be discussed with the family prior to the end of a school term. IGGS has excellent pastoral care, counselling, learning support resources and programs to help all students maintain high personal and performance standards. Withdrawal of a Scholarship is not executed without due consideration of the mitigating circumstances should any of the above conditions provide cause for concern.


AIEF Non-Payment: If a student on an AIEF Scholarship is withdrawn before the end of each current year, the AIEF will not pay on the final School invoice for terms attended. All school terms attended by an AIEF Scholarship recipient in an incomplete year, will be paid for, in full, by their family less any external funding which would be applied to the account eg ABSTUDY.