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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to frequently asked questions concerning scholarships and the Bishop Manning Scholarship Fund for the Diocese of Parramatta. You will find general information about the Scholarship Fund, how it is managed, donations, how scholarships are awarded and much more.

For any further information please contact the Scholarship Fund by email scholarship@parra.catholic.edu.au or by telephone on 9840 5600.

  • Establishment of the Fund
    • What is the Scholarship Fund?

      The Bishop Manning Scholarship Fund is a charitable fund established in 2007 by the Diocese of Parramatta to receive tax-deductible donations to provide scholarships at schools operated by the Diocese.

    • Why was the Scholarship Fund established?

      The Fund was established to:

      • receive donations for educational purposes, with unconditional donations being a tax deduction for donors; and
      • use those donations to provide financial assistance for the poorer families in our community who would like a Catholic education for their children, but for whom the cost is out of reach.
    • How long has the Scholarship Fund been operating?

      The Scholarship Fund was formed in the second half of 2007, so it is really in its infancy

  • Management of the Fund
    • How is the Fund managed?

      A committee of parish, welfare, legal and education representatives (referred to in these FAQs as “The Trustees”) manages the Scholarship Fund.The Fund Owner is the Roman Catholic Diocese of Parramatta. The Catholic Education Office (CEO) provides administrative support to the Trustees, but does not derive any financial benefit from the Fund. The CEO pays the administration and staffing expenses of the Fund.  Independent auditors audit the Scholarship Fund.

    • Where does the Scholarship Fund get its money?

      The Scholarship Fund has been established to receive tax-deductible donations from the general public as well as from staff.

      The CEO has made a seed donation of $100,000 to help establish the fund.

      There has also been a good response to approaches to suppliers for cash donations.  It is important to the future of the Scholarship Fund that we get a broad base of donors, so anything that you can do to promote donations to the Fund will be of great benefit and truly appreciated.

  • Donations
  • Awarding of Scholarships
    • When were the first scholarships to be awarded?

      The first scholarships were awarded during the latter part of 2008 for taking up at the commencement of the 2009 school year. This first round of scholarships was directed to families in most need in the more disadvantaged areas of our Diocese.

    • How often will scholarships be awarded?

      The awarding of scholarships on a regular basis commenced in earnest during 2009. Provided that good levels of donations are received, we expect that new scholarships will be awarded each year, usually for commencement at the beginning of the following school year.

    • How many scholarships will be awarded?

      This varies from year to year, as the number of scholarships that can be provided depends upon the level of donations. The aim of the Fund is to help as many families in need as is reasonably possible using the funds available, while making provision for scholarship needs in future years.

  • What the Scholarship Covers and Payment of Proceeds
    • Does a scholarship provided for Primary school also continue through for Secondary school?

      No. Separate scholarships will be available for Primary school and for Secondary school. Combined Primary-Secondary scholarships are not contemplated at this stage.  Near the end of a Primary school scholarship, preferably at the time of enrolling the child at the Secondary school, the parents of the scholarship student will be able to apply for a Secondary school scholarship for their child.

    • What costs will a scholarship cover?

      A scholarship will cover:

      • the local school-based fees and school excursion costs; and
      • for the first year of entry to the school, an allowance determined by the Fund of up to 50% of the average entry costs for essential school uniform, essential sports uniform and standard school bag.

      The system of schools will absorb the Diocesan tuition fees and Diocesan building levy.

    • Will the family have to pay anything towards fees and excursions?

      The family will be asked by the Principal to contribute a modest amount towards the cost of a Catholic education for their child. The contribution level can be worked out to suit the family’s situation.

    • How are Scholarship Fund proceeds paid?

      Scholarship proceeds are paid direct to the school for crediting to the school fees account of the student.

      The initial uniform allowance that applies only to the first year of entry to a school under the scholarship will be remitted to the school for the account of the student. The Principal will supervise uniform cost disbursements against proper receipts.

  • Applying for a Scholarship
    • Where can the application forms be obtained?

      a) Scholarship application forms can be obtained from:

      • the local diocesan school; or
      • the Fund’s website

      b) School Application and Enrolment forms need to be obtained from the diocesan school at which the parents wish to enrol their child.

    • How does a family lodge an application for a scholarship?

      Applications for scholarships must be lodged through the Parramatta Diocese school at which the parents wish to enrol their child.  A school enrolment form needs to be completed at the same time so that the school may determine that it can properly accommodate the child if a scholarship were granted.

    • Can a scholarship be used at any school of choice?

      No. The Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for use at Catholic systemic schools run by and within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Parramatta. The scholarships are not available for use at congregational schools within the diocese or at schools outside of the Diocese of Parramatta. Normal enrolment criteria apply and usually this will mean attendance at the local school. A scholarship is awarded for use at a particular school and is not transferable between schools.

    • Are existing students able to apply for a scholarship for their current school?

      In these early stages of the Fund the money available for scholarships is very limited.  Consequently the Trustees have decided to initially make scholarships available to new students from families who cannot afford a Catholic faith-based education for their child and who would otherwise attend a State school. This decision has been taken mindful of the safety net in the form of the Financial Hardship Policy for existing students from families in genuine financial need.  This approach means that existing students in genuine need are cared for while opportunities are provided for other children to have a Catholic faith-based education that their parents could not normally afford.

    • Can a student at a diocesan Primary school apply for a scholarship for a diocesan Secondary school?

      Yes. The normal scholarship application criteria and school enrolment criteria will apply.  This means that under current policy children from families in genuine financial need may be considered for a scholarship. If not awarded a scholarship because of limited scholarship funds they may be catered for at the Secondary school under the Financial Hardship Policy.

    • Are scholarships currently available on the basis of academic merit or sporting achievement?

      No. The Trustees have decided to initially make scholarships available to new students from families who cannot afford a Catholic faith-based education for their child and who would otherwise attend a State school.

    • Will reasons be given for a scholarship not being approved?

      No. As the Scholarship Fund depends on public donations, there will not always be funds available to cover all scholarship applications received. It is the Fund’s policy  to not give reasons for applications not being approved.

    • Why is a Statement of Financial Position obtained from parents / guardians as part of the application process for a scholarship?

      As part of the assessment of genuine need of a family the Trustees must understand the financial position of the applicant family and be assured of a real need for assistance. A signed Statement of Financial Position, completed honestly and with proper documentary verification of income, is the most straightforward and objective way of doing this.

  • What Are My Options Other Than a Scholarship?
    • What can I do if my application for a scholarship is unsuccessful?

      You can make an appointment with the local Catholic school principal to discuss your situation.

      There is a range of options available to school principals to grant fee concessions and/or provide greater flexibility for payment, depending on a family’s individual circumstances.  There is an assessment process in place to help principals decide on the type of assistance needed.

    • I can’t afford to send my child to a Catholic school unless I get a scholarship. What can I do?

      Families considering enrolment in our schools for the first time are encouraged to apply for enrolment, even if the fees are not affordable. There is a range of options available to school principals to grant fee concessions and/or provide greater flexibility for payment, depending on a family’s individual circumstances.

  • Periodic Reviews of Scholarships Awarded
    • Why are periodic reviews of scholarships conducted?

      The Trustees need assurance that scholarships continue to be applied where they are most deserved and a review assists with this. Behaviour of the scholarship student and the interaction of the family with the school are also considered.

  • Further Information
    • Where can I obtain Scholarship Fund information?

      General information, application forms and the latest news on application closing dates can be obtained here on the Fund’s website or from your local school.

    • Where do I inquire about a scholarship?

      Most inquiries from families should be answerable from the information held by schools.

      General information, application forms and the latest news on application closing dates can be obtained here on the Fund’s website.

      Some questions may need to be referred to the Scholarship Fund on email:  scholarship@parra.catholic.edu.au or by telephone on 9840 5600.

      The website also has a contact us facility for inquiries.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Answers to frequently asked questions concerning scholarships and the Bishop Manning Scholarship Fund for the Diocese of Parramatta. You will find general information about the Scholarship Fund, how it is managed, donations, how scholarships are awarded and much more.

    For any further information please contact the Scholarship Fund by email scholarship@parra.catholic.edu.au or by telephone on 9840 5600.

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Ensure our children’s future

The Bishop Manning Scholarship Fund was launched to raise funds to help cover the cost of a Catholic education for families with serious financial difficulties wishing to send their children to a Catholic systemic school in the Diocese of Parramatta.

The aim of this educational initiative is to help ensure Catholic education is accessible to all families. Donations will help cover the cost of school fees, excursions and a uniform allowance for students in need of financial assistance. Scholarships will be granted equitably based on genuine need.

Visit the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta School Fees page for an indication of the school fee costs to families.

The Scholarship Fund is managed by a committee of parish and Catholic Education representatives. Administrative support is provided by the Diocese of Parramatta Catholic Education Office.

 
   
  
 

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The Diocese of Parramatta is located in one of the fastest growing areas of New South Wales. The diocese is west of Sydney and reaches from Dundas Valley, west to Katoomba, south to Luddenham, and north to Richmond.

There are 82 Catholic systemic schools in the diocese (56 primary, 22 secondary, 4 preschools) with a total student population of over 42,000 students. There are also six congregational (independent Catholic) schools in the diocese.

For more information visit the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta website.

 
   
  
 

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For further information on the Bishop Manning Scholarship Fund please contact the Scholarship Fund representative by phone on 9407 7019 or use the email form below.

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