Pearis Rodger Scholarship


The Pearis Rodgers Scholarships are available to first year students of pianoforte, enrolled in undergraduate studies in music, who demonstrate financial need.


The total value of scholarships offered will be approximately $8,000. Multiple scholarships will be offered.

Open and closing dates

Applications are now closed for 2017 and will next open in the third week of February 2018. Applicants can expect to receive an emailed outcome in April. 

Criteria and eligibility

This scholarship is open for award to incoming (2017) first year undergraduate students, specialising in piano, who demonstrate financial need.

Selection process

Applications will be assessed by the selection committee on the basis of:

  • artistic merit, as demonstrated by entry requirements for the course (i.e. audition, folio presentation) and possibly class participation; 
  • academic merit, as demonstrated by previous academic achievement (VCE or equivalent; other tertiary results);  
  • career aspirations (addressed through questions in the application process);
  • financial need (ascertained via the application, requesting income and expenditure information); and
  • likely success in completing the proposed course of study (addressed through questions in the application process). 

The Dean, on the recommendation of The Director of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, will approve the recipients who may be offered the scholarship with their letter of offer from the faculty, or, once the student has accepted their place and successfully enrolled in the course, by census date (around March 31).

Additional requirements

To accept this scholarship, successful recipients are required to write a letter of thanks and provide an artistic biography for the donors or trustees. On occasion recipients will be contacted to provide a progress report.

How to apply

The online application link will appear here when the scholarships is next open for applications.

You'll be asked to provide your personal information, including course and year level, and some questions addressing the selection criteria listed above. You'll be asked to attach some documents, such as CV and academic transcript (or most recent other results, such as VCE scores), and you'll also have the option to include any support material you feel gives weight to your application. Where financial need is a consideration, you'll also be asked to provide an estimate of your budget for the year ahead.