What is the difference between a scholarship and a bursary?

While both awards provide a fee reduction, bursaries are means-tested and are places specifically set aside for candidates in financial need who would otherwise be unable to access a BBC education. Conversely, scholarships are awarded on merit based on academic, sporting and cultural excellence, irrespective of financial need. Students not yet enrolled at the College are welcome to apply for both scholarships and bursaries.

We are committed to continuing to provide a range of opportunities for boys from diverse backgrounds to benefit from a BBC education.

Scholarships

The Brisbane Boys’ College Scholarship Program rewards students who demonstrate achievement and show potential to succeed in academic, sporting and cultural pursuits who, in turn, will make a significant contribution to the life of the College.

The College awards a number of Excellence Scholarships each year to boys who demonstrate high standards across a variety of schooling pursuits. Excellence Scholarships are available across three categories: Academic Excellence, Co-Curricular Excellence and All-Round Excellence. These are available to students not yet enrolled at the College.

Excellence Scholarships may cover full or partial remission of tuition and/or boarding fees, with parents required to cover the balance of the account and all other expenses. Excellence Scholarships are subject to a yearly review.

Academic Scholarships are awarded each year to academic high achievers entering into Years 5 to 11 in the year following their ACER Scholarship Examination. Applications for 2023 Academic Excellence Scholarships are now open.

Co-Curricular and All-Round Excellence Scholarships are awarded to students entering into Years 7 to 11 who demonstrate sporting and cultural excellence and general excellence across a combination of academic, community involvement, leadership experience or co-curricular fields. Applications for Co-Curricular and All-Round Excellence Scholarships are now open.

Interviews for short-listed candidates are held progressively throughout the year prior to entry.

Bursaries

The Brisbane Boys’ College Foundation provides a limited number of needs-based bursaries that are open to boys seeking to enrol at Brisbane Boys’ College.

All bursaries are means-tested and, unlike scholarships which are solely merit-based, are specifically set aside for candidates in financial need who would otherwise be unable to access a BBC education.

Bursaries may support full or partial remission of tuition and/or boarding fees, with parents/guardians required to cover the balance of the account and all other expenses. Bursaries are subject to a biennial review process.

Brisbane Boys’ College welcomes applications from deserving candidates with a demonstrated financial-need who have the potential to gain the most from a BBC education and who will add to the fabric and history of the College by immersing themselves in the opportunities presented.

Applications for the BBC Bursary Program are now open. If you are a current BBC family experiencing financial hardship please contact the Head of Business Operations via email headofbusinessoperations_pa@bbc.qld.edu.au