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The College Scholarships are open to all Year 8 to 12 students at the John Curtin College of the Arts in 2023. There are three scholarship categories:

  • The Robin Pascoe Creativity Scholarship
  • The Elsie Curtin Wellbeing Scholarship
  • The John Cowdell Excellence

The scholarship will be credited towards the student’s school related expenditure (contributions and charges) for the current or following years. The amount for each scholarship will vary depending on the number of scholarships endorsed by the College.

The scholarships will be selected by the Principal, Associate Principal – Arts and Innovation and Board representative. The scholarships are endorsed by the Board and funded by the Parents and Citizens association.

Applications open on 19 May 2023 and close 30 July 2023.


The Robin Pascoe Creativity Scholarship

Recognising curiosity, imagination, and innovation

  • Students are creative by thinking and behaving with imagination, purposefulness, and originality.
  • Students value innovation and show capacity to take on new ideas in response to challenging and changing circumstance.
  • Students can collaborate and explore, develop and work with ideas in a range of situations to solve problems.
  • Students think and respond critically to ideas and experiences, reflecting on them and making informed judgements.
  • Students achieve to their personal best.

Robin Pascoe was President of the College Board for more than 10 years and was a driving force behind the College of the Arts. He helped establish the College values which these scholarships are based on. His daughter, Hannah attended the school. Robin lectures in arts and drama at Murdoch University and he is heavily involved across the Arts scene in Australia and internationally through the International Drama/Theatre and Education Association.

The Elsie Curtin Wellbeing Scholarship

Recognising respect, care, and compassion.

  • Students contribute to the wellbeing of others.
  • Students show mutual respect through cooperation and collaboration.
  • Students act with integrity and positive character, especially in difficult situations.
  • Students consistently demonstrate potential leadership qualities and encourage open discussion of ideas to strengthen and broaden understanding of each other.
  • Students take an active role in family, community, and College life.
  • Students achieve to their personal best.

 Elsie Curtin (1890 – 1975) was the wife of John Curtin, who was the 14th Prime Minister of Australia (1941-45) and the federal Member for Fremantle. Elsie provided advice and support throughout his political career. After his death she devoted herself to community affairs. She became a Justice of the Peace, was granted life memberships of the Royal Association of Justices, the Women’s Justices Association of WA and the Fremantle Labor Women’s Organisation. In 1970 she was appointed Commander of the British Empire for her services to the community. She officially opened the new John Curtin Senior High School in 1956.

The John Cowdell Excellence Scholarship

Recognising personal potential.

  • Students demonstrate resilience, perseverance, and reflection in learning for life.
  • Students demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and potential for future academic success.
  • Students demonstrate a high level of commitment to the pursuit of excellence.
  • Students pursue knowledge and understanding to the highest level.
  • Students successfully achieve academic balance in all aspects of their education.
  • Continuously expand capabilities in all educational pursuits.

John Cowdell is a past John Curtin student. He was the first Friend of John Curtin College of the Arts, donates the WAAPA Excellence Award for Year 12 graduation, and regularly attends performances and contributes to the College. He was President of the WA Legislative Council and Chairman of the National Trust. He is a member of the Order of Australia, a Doctor of Letters of Curtin University, and is heavily involved with the Arts in Western Australia.


There are two nomination forms. Please fill and email back the following form located at the bottom of this page.

  • Self-nomination – where students can nominate themselves.
    1. Students are required to include two referees (e.g., teachers, community leaders, coaches, tutors etc).
    2. Students must write their own response to the scholarship criteria that is no more than one page and has no attachments.
  • Nomination by representation – where students may be nominated by parents, teachers, other students or community members.
    1. The person nominating writes a response to the scholarship criteria that is no more than one page and has no attachments.
    2. Students nominated by a representative must sign and agree to each nomination prior to submission

All applicants are subject to having Good Standing and cannot have any outstanding contributions and charges from previous years. Payment plans can be in place.

The scholarship will be applied to the student’s account and if there is a credit balance on the student’s completion of education at John Curtin College of the Arts, the balance will be refunded. If the student leaves the school during the school year of receiving the scholarship, no refund will be provided. Non- refundable courses ie Uniready will not be refunded.

Students are able to apply for this scholarship more than once during their time at the College. Students who have been previous recipients however are unable to reapply for any of the scholarships.

Applications must be emailed to [email protected] with the subject heading Scholarship Application 2023.

Applications closed on 30 July 2023 and no late applications will be accepted.

For application tips, watch this memoji video of Deputy Associate, Judy Hendrickse.