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 and will reopen during semester 1 O-week 2019. 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

This application has 2 separate steps. To be considered both steps must be completed by the application closing date. Please allow enough time to complete both.

Step 1 Scholarship Application

Refer to the Open and Closing Dates section above for the application link.The link will only be visible during the application period. The application will require personal information, including course and year level, and some questions addressing the selection criteria listed above. You will be required to attach some documents, such as your CV and academic transcript.

Step 2 Student Financial Assistance Application

To assist with the assessment your application you are required to submit an online Student Financial Assistance Application by the application closing date. If you already have submitted a Student Financial Assistance Application in the last six months you do not need to apply again but you can update and re-submit your details before the closing date.