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robert barr-smith scholarship - year 7

The Robert Barr-Smith Foundation was established in 1915 on the death of businessman and philanthropist Robert Barr-Smith. Scottish-born Mr Barr-Smith pioneered the opening of outback Australia, held pastoral leases in three States and shares in copper mines. He was a renowned philanthropist in his lifetime and at his death left £40,000 (the equivalent of more than $3 million today) to charity.


Who is eligible

The trust fund is explicit about how the money must be used. This annual scholarship is open to male students only from Victoria who will be entering Year 7. Applicants may not be existing students of Peninsula Grammar and should be from a family that would otherwise not be able to afford the School’s fees. This scholarship does not include boarding and is not open to International students.

Students who register for the ACER scholarship program are eligible to apply for the Barr-Smith Scholarship, bearing in mind that this is a means-tested scholarship. Applicants are not required to sit the ACER examination to apply for this scholarship, but may wish to do so.


Nature of Award

The scholarship is for General Excellence. The recipient need not necessarily be an outstanding academic, but will show a strong commitment to his studies.  He will be able to detail achievements in areas outside the academic program such as music, sport or debating. Regard will also be had to any leadership positions the applicant currently holds or has held, and community service.

We require families to submit school reports and NAPLAN test results. Those students who are short-listed will have an interview. Proof of family income will also be required.


To be awarded to a student entering Year 7. Tenable for Years 7 – 12, providing progress remains satisfactory.



Full remission of Tuition Fees for Years 7 – 12 (approximately $150,000) plus extras such as music lessons, excursions and electives.


Criteria for Award

   •  Academic commitment
   •  History of general excellence – academic and other
   •  Personal qualities
   •  Likely contribution to the life of Peninsula Grammar
   •  Family financial circumstances.


Applications for 2020 have now closed


Please contact our Admissions Office on 9788 7753 with any enquiries about this scholarship.


Parents wishing to view the School are invited to contact our Admissions Office, who welcome enquiries at any time and will be happy to arrange personal tours for families. Telephone (03) 9788 7753 or email



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