Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance

Students from all backgrounds have the chance to be part of the St Mark’s community.


Financial assistance options include scholarships, grants, prizes and bursaries to a total value of over $500,000 for new and existing students at the College each year.

St Mark’s College seeks to encourage the pursuit of academic excellence, the development of good character and a commitment to service in all its students, and to ensure that, as far as possible, financial need is not a barrier to gaining the benefits of an all-round collegiate education at St Mark’s.

A generous financial assistance program recognises excellence in all its forms with over $500,000 available each year to distribute to students through scholarships, grants, prizes and bursaries.

Through the generosity of benefactors, usually more than 50 per cent of St Mark’s students receive some form of financial assistance to help them attend or continue at the College.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their need for financial assistance with staff on application.

Scholarships, Grants, Prizes & Bursaries

A broad range of scholarships, grants and prizes seek to inspire the pursuit of academic excellence, the development of good character and a commitment to community service in all students, and help to make the benefits of an all-round collegiate education at St Mark’s accessible to all students, regardless of their financial circumstances or background.

Awards are made to new and returning students on the basis of academic excellence, financial need, and service to the College and the wider community.

Any student who would like to attend St Mark’s but think they cannot afford the fees is invited to discuss their options with the College.

Application Process

The 2022 new student scholarship round is now open, and closes at 9am on Thursday 27 January 2022.

Only one form is required per applicant – the scholarship panel will review your application and consider you for all scholarships and bursaries for which you may be eligible.

Submit your completed application to the Registrar via email or post to St Mark’s College, 46 Pennington Terrace, North Adelaide SA 5006. Applications must be received by 9am on Thursday 27 January 2022.

Students starting College in Semester 2 who require financial assistance should contact the College directly.

The 2022 new student application form is available here.

The full list of Scholarships, Prizes and Bursaries can be found here.

Answers to some Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.

C.A.S. Hawker Scholarships

C.A.S. Hawker Scholarships are one of the most prestigious and generous privately funded scholarships available to undergraduate and postgraduate students in Australia and are administered by the Hawker Trustees. Each residential scholarship is valued at up to $60,000 over three years. Selection is largely based on personal qualities and demonstrated leadership as well as academic ability. The scholarships are available to all Australian students. The majority have been awarded to students entering their first year of university studies. St Mark’s College is proud to have been the home of 48 Hawker Scholars since the scholarship’s creation and is the only residential college in South Australia involved with the program.

The Hawker Scholarships are given in memory of Charles Allan Seymour Hawker MP, a scholar, soldier, pastoralist and significant political leader, who was one of the founders of the College and served on the College Council until his death in an aeroplane crash in 1938. His portrait hangs in Downer House at St Mark’s, and one of the College’s buildings is named in memory of him.

The Hawker Scholarships were endowed by Charles Hawker’s sister, Lilias Needham. She was also a generous benefactor of St Mark’s College, but insisted on no public recognition of her generosity during her lifetime. A prestigious prize, the Lilias Needham Medal for Service, is given in her memory at St Mark’s for selfless service.

Information about the Hawker Scholarships, including an online application form, is available at Interested applicants should apply for this scholarship directly via the Hawker Scholarship website.

Applications for the 2022 C.A.S. Hawker Scholarships are now open and close on 7 January 2022.


Why I established a scholarship

I established a Scholarship at St Mark’s due to the College’s demonstrated record of achievement and commitment to its students. Having benefited from a scholarship myself when I lived at St Mark’s many years ago, I want to support students who are achievers and enable them to experience a sense of connection to our cultural values and the collegiality of others.

Old Collegian and scholarship donor

Thankful for your generosity

I don’t ever think I will be able to fully express my gratitude for the independence and opportunities these scholarships have given me. I hope you know that I am so very thankful for your generosity.

5th year student

Reducing the financial pressure

Living at St Marks has been the best experience of my life. Receiving a scholarship helped take the financial pressure off my family and I so that I could focus on my studies.

4th year student

Great opportunities that St Marks College life has to offer

Receiving a scholarship has relieved the financial pressure and allowed me more time to fully embrace all the great opportunities that St Marks College life has to offer.

2nd year student

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