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Olive A Lewis Scholarship - Applications

Applications for the 2018 Olive A Lewis Scholarship will open in November.

Eligibility: Children who will participate in a Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Academic Program in Years 7, 8, 9 or 10 in 2018 are eligible to apply.

Application forms: will be made available on this website for download by the end of October each year.  Applications must be completed in full and submitted in HARD COPY ONLY by 22 December 2017.

Award: 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 a year and, providing your child remains in the program, you can apply in consecutive years. 

Closing date: Applications close 22 December.  Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.

Notification: All applicants will receive formal notification of the outcome of their application by early February each year.  Scholarship funds will be paid to successful applicants pending the release of funds by the trustees in March each year.

Click HERE for Frequently Asked Questions or discover more below.


Q. How much is the Olive A Lewis Scholarship?

A. The Scholarship is awarded to a maximum of $1000 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.


Q. Does the total amount of funding available each year change?

A. 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.


Q. Who will be awarded an Olive A Lewis Scholarship?

A. 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.


Q. What do you mean by ‘financially disadvantaged’?

A. 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.


Q. How do I know if I should apply?

A. 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.


Q. Is there a set annual income that is considered too high to be awarded a scholarship?

A. 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.


Q. My family has a relatively low income but significant assets, is it worthwhile applying for the Scholarship?

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


Q. Who should NOT apply for an Olive A Lewis Scholarship.

A. 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.


Q. My family is definitely not financially disadvantaged.  Why did I receive an invitation to apply?

A. All students enrolled for Years 7-10 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.


Q. Why do I need to provide so much information?

A. 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.


Q. Why do I need to provide my child’s Semester 1 school report?

A. 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.


Q. What happens if I don’t provide all the information required?

A. 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.


Q. Can I apply if my child has received the Scholarship before?

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.


Q. How can I lodge an application?

A. Application forms are downloadable from the Gifted and Talented website here and must be either posted or hand-delivered to:

Jo Kemps – Olive A Lewis Scholarships
Gifted and Talented Selection Unit
Department of Education
151 Royal Street
EAST PERTH   WA   6004

Emailed or faxed applications will not be accepted.


Q. Why can’t I send in my completed application by email?

A. 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.  


Q. If my child’s application is unsuccessful, am I able to appeal the decision?

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


Q. When will I be notified of the outcome?

A. Successful and Unsuccessful applicants will be notified by early February 2017.  Scholarship payments will be made to families in March 2017.



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