Kate Flowers Memorial Scholarship


The Kate Flowers Scholarship is available to students studying classical violin, viola or violoncello enrolled in any year level, who have completed at least one year of full-time study at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music and/or equivalent institution in Australia or overseas. 

The scholarship is to be awarded to a student who has a love of music and performing; a genuine talent or potential in relation to playing their instrument; and an ambition to make music their career. Shortlisted applicants are required to perform at an audition where they will be asked to play a short piece (unaccompanied) and answer some questions related to musical interests and future directions.



Open and closing dates

Applications are now closed and will reopen on the third week of March, 2020.

Applicants can expect to receive an emailed outcome in May.  Shortlisted applicants will be contacted in May with the audition details. 

Criteria and eligibility

This scholarship is open for award annually to students studying classical violin, viola or violoncello, who are enrolled in undergraduate or graduate studies at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and have completed at least one year of full-time study at the Faculty or an equivalent institution in Australia or overseas.

The scholarship is for one of the following purposes:

  1. fees payable by the student to the faculty for tuition and any incidental amenities;
  2. acquisition (whether by purchase, lease or hire) and maintenance of the musical instrument required for the purposes of the student’s studies or musical career; or
  3. costs incurred or to be incurred by the student in order to perform in locations outside Melbourne, in Australia or overseas.

Selection process

Applications will be shortlisted by staff in the string department.  Short listed applicants will be required to attend an audition interview, where they will be assessed as to whether the applicant has a love of music and performing; a genuine talent or potential in relation to playing their instrument; and an ambition to make music their career. 

Shortlisted candidates are asked to perform one piece of their own choice that is no longer than 5 minutes of duration.   There will also be a short interview during which they will need to outline a proposal of how they would utilise the scholarship.  Shortlisted candidates should be prepared to answer the following questions; 

  • What are your plans and ambitions for the future?  What are the potential/actual barriers for you to achieve those ambitions?
  • What do you plan to do with the scholarship amount, should it be awarded to you?

 The panel are looking to support an outstanding music performance student who has made a decision to make music, particularly as a performer, their career.  Accordingly, as judges, they are more interested in hearing about the career goals and plans of candidates, and how the awarding of the scholarship will facilitate those goals and plans. Therefore, plans for the purchase of a new instrument or new equipment, or further study and/or classes with prominent teachers - and an explanation as to how such plans will advance the candidate's career as a performer or musician - are a very key element of the panel’s decision as to a scholarship winner.

The Dean, on the recommendation of the selection committee, will approve the recipients.

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

Refer to the Open and Closing Dates section above for the application link. The link will only be visible during the application period.

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.