Science Scholarship

Science Scholarship

The Thomas Henry Scholarship

For girls with a love for science

MLC has produced many notable scientists, among them the late Dr Joan Wilkinson AM, who established a science scholarship in honour of her late grandfather.

Established by the late Dr Joan Wilkinson AM in honour of her late grandfather, Thomas Henry Driffield, the Thomas Henry Scholarship is intended for students who otherwise would not be able to access an MLC education.

Dr Joan Wilkinson AM was passionate about giving girls 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 secondary school student who demonstrates academic achievement and an enthusiasm for science, Science Scholars are expected to represent the school in science competitions and any other opportunities they are selected for, to study  science subjects for the duration of the scholarship (not including social sciences) and partake in the science co-curricular activities, including clubs and committees.

Scholarship Name Entry Year Level Means Test ACER Test
Thomas Henry Scholarship Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 Yes Yes

2025 Entry Scholarship Applications closed at 5pm on 19 January 2024. 2026 Entry Scholarships will open for applications in late 2024.

Duration for the above scholarship is for the entirety of the student's secondary schooling.


  • Must be an Australian citizen, permanent Australian resident or temporary resident.
  • Currently at MLC or attending another school.
  • Completion and submission of the MLC Thomas Henry Scholarship additional information.
  • Proof to accompany the above form of involvement in current science studies (e.g, awards/certificates/ achievements)
  • Must register for the ACER Scholarship (academic) test as well as submit an MLC Scholarship Application
  • A candidate who would not ordinarily be able to afford the tuition fees.


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.
  • Documents to support the achievements of the scholarship applicant
  • A passport-sized photo of the student.
  • A completed Thomas Henry Scholarship Additional Information form


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

Please note, 2024 Entry Scholarships are now closed. 2025 Entry Scholarships will open for applications in late 2023.

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, linked below.

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.