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Financial assistance

Children who will participate in a Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Academic Program in Years 7, 8, 9 or 10 in 2019 are eligible to apply for the Olive A Lewis Scholarship.

The Olive A Lewis Scholarship is provided for children of ability whose further education may be restricted due to financial need. Scholarships are means-assessed and awarded to those families deemed the most significant in terms of financial disadvantage. Scholarships usually range between $500 and $1000 per year, and providing your child remains in the program, you can apply in consecutive years.

Applications are now open. To apply complete the application form. Emailed applications are not accepted. All applications and supporting documentation must be submitted by either hand delivery or post to:

Olive A Lewis Scholarship Committee
Department of Education - Gifted and Talented Selection Unit
151 Royal Street
EAST PERTH  WA  6004

Applications close 3pm on 21 December 2018. 

The scholarship is awarded to a maximum of $1 000 per student per year.  Partial scholarships of $500 may also be awarded depending on the number of suitable applicants and the amount of funding available.  Payments are made by cheque direct to families.

Yes.  The funds are managed by the Trustees based in Sydney.  The amount of funding each year varies according to how successfully the investments have been managed.  The Department of Education are notified of the exact amount to be expended in January of each year.

Scholarships will be awarded to the most financially disadvantaged families based on the evidence provided.  All decisions will be made by the Olive A Lewis Scholarship Committee.

The Olive A Lewis Scholarship is intended to support students whose families have difficulty with the costs associated with their child’s participation in the Gifted and Talented Academic Program.  Families are required to supply detailed financial information which will be used by the Selection Committee to determine those applicants most in need of financial assistance within the context of the scholarship.

If you genuinely experience difficulty paying for your child’s Gifted and Talented Academic Program schooling expenses, you should apply for the Olive A Lewis Scholarship.

No.  Applications are looked at within the context of ALL information provided, including debts, number of dependent children, education travel expenses and other significant extenuating circumstances.

Probably not.  A family with genuine financial disadvantage is considered to be one without the financial safety net that comes with significant assets.

Families who have little or no difficulty providing for their gifted child’s education expenses are discouraged from applying for the Olive A Lewis Scholarship.

All students enrolled for Years 7 to 10 in a Western Australian Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Academic Program are able to apply.  The Department of Education has no way of knowing the financial situation of individuals, and therefore all eligible families are notified of the opportunity to apply.

Detailed information is essential in determining those families most in need of financial support.  Each year there are many more applications than the number of scholarships available.

The Olive A Lewis Selection Committee uses report information to ensure that each applicant has a record of regular attendance and dedication to their schooling.  Scholarships are not awarded to children who do not show appropriate commitment to their studies. 

Applicants who do not complete the required fields or fail to provide the supporting documentation will be removed from consideration.  The Department of Education takes no responsibility for following up on incorrect or missing information pertaining to individual applications. 

Yes, previous recipients are welcome to apply.  It is worth noting, however, that receipt of a scholarship in a previous year does not guarantee receipt of a scholarship in subsequent years.

Due to Department of Education email size limitations, all Olive A Lewis application forms and supporting documents must be sent by post or hand-delivered.  

No.  All scholarship decisions are final and are made at the discretion of the Olive A Lewis Selection Committee based on confidential information supplied by each applicant.

Applications close 3pm, 21 December 2018.

Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified by early February 2019.

Scholarship payments will be made to families in March 2019.