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Rural Scholarship

Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School provides educational opportunities for young women based in rural locations to be educated at the School from Years 7 to 12.

Rural Scholarships are open to young women who demonstrate either academic, sporting or arts ability, or leadership potential. To be eligible for a Rural Scholarship, students must meet all of the following criteria.

What the scholarship covers:

  • The Scholarship partly covers tuition and boarding fees.
  • The Scholarship is not applied to fees incurred for individual tuition for example Speech and Drama, Tennis, Instrumental Music or Singing which may be taken in addition to the established curriculum subjects.

To be considered a regionally based student, the student must reside in a regional or remote area as defined by the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) with a postcode of 4350 or above (for Queensland based students).


Selection Criteria

  • Intention to complete their schooling through to Year 12 at IGGS.
  • Will be a full-time boarder at IGGS.
  • Will demonstrate a commitment to school life through attendance, application, involvement, and exemplary behaviour.
  • Maintain a consistent level of academic performance (reviewed each semester).
  • Demonstration of participation in a range of aspects of school life, such as the Arts, Sports, or Service activities.
  • Comply with the School’s high expectations regarding attitudes, behaviour, uniforms, and use of technology (reviewed each semester).
  • Will have the support of the family or guardian of the enrolment and the scholarship.


How to Apply

  • Submit an online Scholarship application.
  • Scholarship applicants for the 2025 school year must sit the ACER Scholarship Test at Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School on Saturday 24 February 2024. Register to sit the test.
  • For applicants residing outside the Brisbane and Ipswich metropolitan areas, it may be possible to sit the scholarship test at their nearest participating cooperative school, at an ACER Test Centre or at a non-ACER Test Centre. For a list of participating schools please visit the ACER website.
  • All applicants are required to prepare a portfolio.

For Rural Scholarships, the applicant’s portfolio should include the following:

  • The student’s name, current school and scholarship categories applying for.
  • A list of achievements, positions or roles they have held at school (such as Class Captain, Debating team, Excellence awards).
  • Demonstration of participation in a range of aspects of school life, such as the Arts, Sports, or Service activities.
  • A supporting statement (approximately 200 words) outlining their capacity to contribute to the School, addressing the following questions:
    • What does attending Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School mean to you? Some suggestions might be to tell us about your goals, ambitions, family experiences, friends and/or community and why these contribute to your desire to attend our School.
    • What is a hobby or activity you particularly like being involved in? Tell us about how you got involved, what contributions you make, and why you find it worthwhile or enjoyable. What do you enjoy about these things? How long have you been involved in it/them?
    • What are three things that you have done or experienced that you are most proud of?
  • Birth certificate (external applicants only).
  • A copy of the student’s School reports for the last two years (external applicants only).
  • A copy of the student’s most recent NAPLAN results (external applicants only).
  • Proof of address, in the form of utilities bills or other.


Portfolios must be submitted by the online Scholarship Application Form.

  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview.



  • Scholarships offered to students are tenable until the end of Year 12, subject to annual review.
  • This means that if the conditions of the scholarship continue to be met, the student retains the scholarship for the tenure.
  • The Scholarship is granted with the expectation that the student will complete Year 12 at the School. Should this not occur and the student continues to reside locally, then it is at the discretion of the School to require that the value equivalent to part or all of the Scholarship fee reductions be payable to the School.
  • Scholarships are not means tested.
  • By accepting the Scholarship award, students and parents or legal guardians, consent to the use of the scholarship recipient’s name, image and profile to be used for the purposes of marketing and promotion of the School’s scholarship program. This may include for the purposes of publication in School newsletters, external newspapers, magazines and websites (including the School’s website) and social media. Such publication will go beyond the School community and may extend for a period of time beyond the duration of the scholarship recipient’s education at the School.


If successful, in order to maintain the Scholarship, the student must:

  • Maintain a consistent level of academic performance (reviewed each semester).
  • Contribute to the curricular and co-curricular activities of the School (reviewed annually).
  • Exhibit behaviour of the highest calibre.
  • Comply with the School’s high expectations regarding attitudes, uniform, and use of technology (reviewed each semester).
  • Demonstrate commitment to the values of the School.
  • Maintain consistent attendance of 90% or higher.
  • Scholars are expected to demonstrate leadership and be role models of the School and within the wider community.


The student’s family must:

  • Check their eligibility and apply for State Boarding Allowances including:
    • Living Away from Home Allowance
    • Remote Area Tuition Allowance
    • Assistance for Isolated Children’s Allowance
  • Pay the balance of any account within four weeks of each term’s commencement.
  • Provide in writing to the Board of Trustees an explanation about any delay in settling an account and a request to arrange alternative payment options.
  • Be positive role-models and actively involved within the School community.
  • Parents of scholarship recipients are encouraged to actively support the School’s P&F Association and volunteer to assist in events and activities when possible.

Each scholarship is granted on the understanding that the Board of Trustees has the right to withdraw the scholarship if the aforementioned conditions are not met. Scholarships are contingent on the full disclosure of all information pertinent to a student’s education. Withholding relevant information may result in a scholarship being withdrawn. 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 any mitigating circumstances should any of the above conditions provide cause for concern.

For further information please contact the Director of Enrolments and Community Relations at

The details of scholarship offers are confidential and must not be disclosed to third parties. The School will not negotiate the conditions or amount of a scholarship once a decision has been made.