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Established by the late Dr. Joan Wilkinson AM (OC 1945)



Dr Joan Wilkinson AM began her studies at MLC Elsternwick in 1942 and came to MLC Kew in 1945 to complete Year 12. After studying analytical chemistry and working at the CSIRO, she firstly completed nursing degrees and then a PhD in England. She became a noted nursing educator and made significant contributions to her profession, representing Australia on the International Council of Nursing.

Thomas Henry Scholarship (means-tested)

Thomas Henry Scholarship (means-tested)

Established by the late Dr Joan Wilkinson AM in honour of her late grandfather, Thomas Henry Driffield.
Always mindful of the importance of education in her life, in 2020 Dr Wilkinson made a visionary donation to MLC to create the Thomas Henry Scholarship for students who otherwise would not be able to access an MLC education. She was passionate about giving girls of the future the same opportunities she herself had: “The freedom to learn, to participate and to be inspired by MLC’s marvellous atmosphere and educational environment.”  

Awarded to a student who demonstrates academic excellence and is particularly interested in the Sciences (not including social sciences).   
The assessment for this scholarship will include applicants’ accomplishments, talents/passions and enthusiasm for learning. 

The recipient of this scholarship will be expected to represent the school in science competitions and any other opportunities she is selected in, to study science subjects for the duration of the scholarship and partake in the science co-curricular, including clubs and committees. 

Opening Date:  Monday, 17 October 2022 
Closing Date:  Friday, 20 January 2023
Examination Date:  Saturday, 4 February 2023

Year of Entry:

  • Year 9 (Scholarship tenable for 4 years)
  • Year 10 (Scholarship tenable for 3 years)
  • Year 11 (Scholarship tenable for 2 years)
  • Year 12 (Scholarship tenable for 1 years)


  • Australian citizens, permanent Australian residents or temporary residents
  • Currently at MLC or attending another school
  • Completion and submission of the MLC Thomas Henry Scholarship additional information (See Documentation Below)
  • Proof to accompany the above form of involvement in current science studies (e.g awards/ certificates/ achievements)
  • Students must be registered with ACER Scholarships as well as submit an MLC Scholarship Application​
  • A candidate who would not ordinarily be able to afford the tuition fees

Documentation to be uploaded with Scholarship Application:

  • Results of the most recent School Report
  • Evaluation of a 200-word statement on why the candidate is applying for this scholarship; this should be written by the student, demonstrating her accomplishments, talents, any leadership experience and her reasons for wanting to attend MLC
  • Documents to support the achievements of scholarship application
  • A passport sized photo
  • Complete the MLC Thomas Henry Scholarship additional information Form: Click here.

The applicant will then have:

  • Evaluation of the MLC Scholarship - Financial Statement form (allows overall financial circumstances to be considered)
  • Results of the ACER Scholarship Test
  • Evaluation through Interview. Candidates short-listed for an interview will be contacted by email


  • A percentage of the annual tuition fees and technology levy, this includes computer, technology support and peripherals​


Application Steps

Step 1: Apply for an MLC Scholarship by clicking on the Apply for Scholarship link 

Step 2: Complete the MLC Thomas Henry Scholarship Form

Step 3: Finalise the MLC Scholarship Application form and click submit 

Step 4: Refer to any further instruction or correspondence received from MLC Admissions after the application is submitted

Step 5: Register for the ACER Scholarship Test with ACER Scholarships, the cost will be $125.00 

Step 6: Sit the ACER Scholarship Test on Saturday, 4 February 2023

Step 7: Short-listed candidates will be contacted by email with an invitation to interview.  This email will also include a link to commence the process of understanding financial eligibility for means-tested scholarships. 

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