Sphinx Scholarships

SPHINX SCHOLARSHIPS


Now in its 105th year, Perth Modern School is extremely fortunate to have a very active and supportive alumni association the Perth Modernian Society (Inc), which amongst other things, provides scholarships and bursaries to support students reach their potential and achieve academic excellence. Former students and others associated with the school generously support families who may have some difficulty in meeting their child’s educational costs.

The Sphinx Scholarship Fund is managed by the Sphinx Foundation Inc., which forms part of the Perth Modernian Society Inc. and is an integral part of the Perth Modern School community.

You can find out more about the Society and the Sphinx Foundation at www.perthmoderniansociety.org.au.

The Sphinx Foundation was established to research and produce the history of Perth Modern School (completed in 2005), and to seek and oversee donations and bequests and thereby to provide educational scholarships and bursaries to assist or enable students to be educated at Perth Modern School. The Sphinx Foundation is managed by a Board of Directors who, in turn, report to the Council of the Perth Modernian Society (Inc).


Sphinx Scholarships Available

The Sphinx Scholarship Fund is a great success story for the Perth Modernian Society. Having started in 2008 with a single donation from Modernian Jim Cundill (dec.), donations and good investment strategies have since swelled the fund to around $900,000 now. The scholarships and bursaries are definitely one of Perth Mod’s special features.

The Sphinx Scholarship Fund is this year (2018) supporting a record number of 70 students from Years 7 to 12 to the tune of $57,000. Scholarship applications are invited by Perth Modern School in Semester 2 from students/parents of specific cohorts.

Photo: Year 11 student Reef Kitaeff – one of the Don Tyler Physics Bursary 2017 winners, with the donor Don Tyler (left) and Treasurer of the Sphinx Foundation Peter Farr, at the morning tea in the Staff Room that followed the Assembly, 2 Feb 2018

(A) Lower School Awards to Middle Years Awards

The Year 7 entry Scholarships (see list below) are provided by the Sphinx Foundation Inc. to meet the general conditions defined in its constitution with respect to the Sphinx Scholarship Fund, and in particular:

(i) The Scholarships will be awarded annually on the grounds of academic merit and need to students who have applied for and being accepted for entrance to Perth Modern School, and who, in the opinion of the Sphinx Scholarship Selection Committee, have
(a) displayed Academic Excellence in their Primary schooling, and
(b) has personal circumstances of financial or other need such that the award will be most beneficial in removing barriers, overcoming a specific disadvantage, or in providing access to opportunities to facilitate the achievement of educational success.

(ii) The Scholarships are to provide an annual sum, to a value depending upon the prevailing income from the funds invested by the Sphinx Foundation Inc. ensuring the perpetuity of the Scholarships. The Chris and LIng Hayes Scholarship is a once-off scholarship valued at $1,000. For each of the other Scholarships the nominal amount will be (in 2018) $1,060 per annum – generally for four years.

(iii) Each of the Scholarships will be awarded by the Sphinx Scholarships Selection Committee to a student for entry into Year 7. Note:
(a) All applications will be subject to the same stringent process for demonstrating Academic Excellence and financial or other need;
(b) Preference may be given to a student whose family residence is outside the Perth metropolitan area;
(c) Should it be required, the Sphinx Scholarship Selection Committee may make contact with applicants to further clarify particular aspects of financial or other need.

(iv) The multi-year Scholarships will be renewed in Years 8, 9 and 10, conditional upon satisfactory educational performance and progress, contribution to the School, co-curricular involvement, and continuing compliance with the conditions of the Award as assessed by the Sphinx Scholarship Selection Committee. (Note: Scholarship holders are required to disclose if they have become ineligible to continue to hold a Scholarship).

Draw down: The funds are credited at the beginning of Semester 1 against the awardee's name at the School and may be accessed for educational purposes as above. Any funds not expended in one academic year will carry forward to the following academic year.

Year 7 Awards:

  • The McCusker (Academic Excellence) Scholarship - (Funds for the Scholarship were donated by the McCusker Charitable Foundation)
  • The Don Tyler (Academic Excellence) Scholarships - (Funds for the Scholarships were donated by Modernian Donald Tyler)
  • The Perth Modernian Society (Academic Excellence) Scholarships - (Funds for the Scholarships were donated by numerous Modernians and other supporters of the Sphinx Scholarship Fund)
  • The Perth Modernian Society Bursaries
  • The Raymond Dingle and Gai Harris Scholarship - (Funds for the Scholarship were donated by Modernian Dr Raymond Dingle and his partner Gai Harris)
  • The Ling and Chris Hayes Scholarship - (Funds for the Scholarship were donated by Modernian Chris Hayes and his wife Ling Thoo)


(B) Upper School Awards to Senior Years Awards

As at 2018, the Sphinx Foundation awards Scholarships and additional Bursaries to eligible Year 10 Perth Modern School students, based on academic excellence in each of 9 different subjects (refer list below).

General Criteria: Under the constitution of these awards they are to be awarded to students, who, in the opinion of the selection panel, demonstrate outstanding talent in the nominated subject area as well as demonstrating how the scholarship would be used to assist achievement of academic excellence in the respective subject area.

The donors have specified that the money awarded is to provide enrichment in the subject area beyond that provided in the normal school program. They envisaged that the Scholarship money would be spent in any or all of the areas listed below:

  • Purchase of appropriate electronic software
  • Attendance at relevant specialised courses, workshops, conferences, events, etc
  • Purchase of appropriate texts
  • Taking part in competitions
  • Travel expenses associated with any of the above
  • Additional relevant activities

The Jim Leslie Scholarship is aimed at facilitating the achievement of educational success by removing barriers and providing access to opportunities to students in Years 11 and 12 at Perth Modern School. The School offers many opportunities for enhanced education, and the Scholarship aims to assist students who might otherwise be disadvantaged to take full advantage of them.

Draw down: The funds are credited at the beginning of Semester 1 against the awardee's name at the School and may be accessed for educational purposes as above. Any funds not expended in one academic year will carry forward to the following academic year.

Year 10 Awards

  • The Jean and Jim Cundill Creative Writing Scholarship - (Funds for the Scholarship were donated by Modernian Jim Cundill (dec.)).
  • The Jean and Jim Cundill Creative Writing Bursary
  • The Daniel Girling and John Down Music Scholarship - (Funds for the Scholarship were donated by Modernian John Down. (dec.)).
  • The Daniel Girling and John Down Music Bursary
  • The Don Tyler Physics Scholarship - (Funds for the Scholarship were donated by Modernian Donald Tyler)
  • The Don Tyler Physics Bursary
  • The Don Tyler Chemistry Scholarship - (Funds for the Scholarship were donated by Modernian Donald Tyler)
  • The Don Tyler Chemistry Bursary
  • The Don Tyler Biological Science Scholarship - (Funds for the Scholarship were donated by Modernian Donald Tyler)
  • The Don Tyler Biological Science Bursary
  • The Perth Modernian Society Mathematics Scholarship - (Funds for the Scholarship were donated by various Modernians with an interest in Mathematics)
  • The Perth Modernian Society Mathematics Bursary
  • The Shirley Randell Social Sciences Scholarship - (Funds for the Scholarship were donated by Modernian Emeritus Prof. Shirley Randel AM)
  • The Malcolm Evans Foreign Languages Scholarship - Scholarship - (Funds for the Scholarship were donated by Modernian Malcolm Evans)
  • The Malcolm Evans Foreign Languages Bursary
  • The Ling and Chris Hayes Economics-Accounting Scholarship - (Funds for the Scholarship were donated by Modernian Chris Hayes and his wife Ling Thoo)
  • The Jim Leslie Scholarship (Academic Excellence) Scholarship - (Funds for the Scholarship were donated by Modernian James Leslie)
  • The Jim Leslie Bursary (Academic Excellence)
Photo: Year 10 Sphinx Scholarships and Bursaries awardees and donor representatives, Dec. 2016


(C) Miscellaneous Awards

  • The Regina Vida Dingle Family Equity Scholarship (2018 only) - (Funds for the Scholarship were donated by Joanna Dingle, Nicholas Dingle and Andrew Dingle who are the children of Dr Raymond Dingle [who was a student at Perth Modern School 1948-1952] and Regina Vida Dingle (nee Jonikis) (dec.))
  • Principal's discretionary bursaries - (Funds for the Bursaries are donated annually by the Gould family)