Academic Scholarships

Academic Scholarships

For girls who demonstrate great potential

As one of Melbourne’s most respected all girls’ schools, there is nowhere better than MLC for scholarship students to excel. At MLC, scholars will discover like-minded peers, a diverse and inclusive community, incredible teachers, and amazing curricular and co-curricular opportunities that amplify their abilities and strengths.

Academic scholars are expected to take advantage of the vast learning enrichment opportunities and participate in the co-curricular activities offered by the College, in order to demonstrate and explore their commitment to College life and their academic goals.

Shortlisted candidates display the MLC values of respect, responsibility, compassion and courage.

These are ACER academic tested scholarships.

Scholarship Name Entry Year Level Means Test ACER Test
Academic Years 5, 7 and 9 No Yes
Principal's Scholarship Years 7, 9, 10 and 11 Yes Yes
Dr Wood Scholarship Years 9 and 10 Yes Yes
Eville Orford (Penn-Tonkin) Scholarship Years 7, 9, 10 and 11 Yes Yes

Please note, 2025 Entry Scholarships closed at 5pm on 19 January 2024. 2026 Entry Scholarships will open for applications in late 2024.

Duration for Years 7-11 scholarships is for the entirety of the student's secondary schooling. Year 5 scholarships have a duration of 2 years.


  • Must be an Australian citizen, permanent Australian resident or temporary resident.
  • Currently at MLC or attending another school.
  • Must register for the ACER Scholarship (academic) test as well as submit an MLC Scholarship Application.
  • Means-tested scholarships require financial assessment eligibility. This assessment will be required to be completed if your daughter is shortlisted for a scholarship.


A percentage of the annual tuition fees and technology levy. This includes computer, technology support and peripherals.

Documentation to be uploaded with the Scholarship Application

  • The student's most recent School Report.
  • The student's most recent NAPLAN test results.
  • 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.
  • A passport-sized photo of the student.


Scholarship holders are expected to complete their secondary education at MLC. Please refer to the MLC Scholarship Terms & Conditions.

Application process

Apply via our Scholarships form

Apply for an MLC Scholarship via our online form. 2025 Entry Scholarships are now closed. 2026 Entry Scholarships will open for applications in late 2024.

Register for the ACER Scholarships Test

Applicants must also register for the ACER Scholarships Test. The ACER test cost is $135 and can be registered via their website.

Hear from MLC Admissions

MLC Admissions will be in contact one week prior to the ACER Test regarding instructions for the test morning.

Sit the ACER Scholarship Test

This session is held at MLC and will last the full morning.

Invitation to Interview

Short-listed candidates will be contacted by email with an invitation to an interview.

Unsuccessful candidates will also be advised, with ACER results released by ACER.

About the Eville Orford (Penn-Tonkin) Scholarship:

The Eville Orford (Penn-Tonkin) Scholarship has been endowed by Mr David Orford, son of Eville, in loving memory and deep abiding respect for his mother and her achievements. She attended Methodist Ladies’ College (MLC) from Year 8 to Year 12 and was a Prefect in her final year in 1934.