“My years at Xavier taught me a great deal. The sorts of things I remember most are the pursuit of excellence, the understanding that I’ve been given some wonderful gifts, gifts that are not for me but for the service of others, to try and make the world we live in a better place.”
DR STEPHEN PARNIS (OX 1986) Cody Scholarship Recipient 1983
Stephen is a dedicated current parent of a son at Burke Hall and a current donor, who strongly believes in giving back to the College.
Our thanks to the many donors who have supported those students who otherwise might not have been able to access a Jesuit education. Many of these students achieve highly and go on to serve the wider community.
The Ignatius Education Fund is a Scholarship and Bursary fund which aims to ensure that a Jesuit education remains within the financial scope of as wide a cross-section of the Catholic community as possible. Both Scholarships and Bursaries are tax deductible.
It is envisaged that, within the next five years, the Ignatius Education Fund will have the capacity to fund all College Scholarships and Bursaries. At present 6% of students at the College receive financial assistance and the College Council’s aim is to increase it to 10% in the next few years in accordance with a request from the Jesuit Provincial
GOAL: 10% of students funded by way of Scholarships and Bursaries by 2024
STATUS: Currently 6% of students are funded by way of of Scholarships and Bursaries
The two components to the Ignatius Education Fund, Scholarships and Bursaries, are funded through your gifts.
Both are tax deductible and different in their nature, and are therefore managed separately.
A Foundation Scholarship is offered to students with a commitment towards the development of students’ individual abilities to the highest degree possible. Scholarships are offered in Years 7, 9 & 11 and are available for the following categories:
“Xavier gave me the confidence to pursue my dreams. I thank all those donors who made my Scholarship at Xavier possible.”
EDWARD MAHONEY (OX 2007) Boarding Scholarship Recipient 2006
Edward is currently a lawyer at Dwyer Robinson Pty Ltd in Warrnambool. He received a Boarding Scholarship in 2006 at Xavier College and has fond memories as a student in Years 11 and 12.
”People who donate to the Scholarship fund at Xavier must know that in doing so, they are actually changing lives. I will always be grateful for my Scholarship to Xavier College.”
LUKE TENGSTROM (OX 2010) Boarding Scholarship Recipient 2007
Luke Tengstrom came to Xavier in Year 9 2007 as a boarder on a Scholarship from Finley, a small country town on the Victoria-NSW border. Luke’s parents had started a small food wholesaling company and without the financial assistance provided by the Scholarship, he knew that Xavier would not have been an option for him. He remains mindful of what a big decision and sacrifice it was for his family to send him to Xavier as a boarder, even on a Scholarship.
A Foundation Bursary extends the opportunity for a Jesuit education to students regardless of their socio economic, geographic or cultural backgrounds. Bursaries at Xavier College are financially needs based, and are not awarded on academic, musical or sporting prowess. Bursaries are offered in the following categories:
“My future was set at Xavier College. Some of the values that Xavier instilled in me was to give and not necessarily receive. Scholarships are really important as they help children who are less fortunate, to be given the opportunities they need to succeed in life”
NILTON HI (OX 2011) Xavier College and Friday Night School Scholarship Recipient 2006
Nilton and his family escaped East Timor and the Indonesian occupation in 1994 to come to Australia for a better life. He entered the Friday Night School program in grade 3. He was there to make friends, experience other cultures, expand his boundaries and broaden his mind. He was then offered a Scholarship to study at Xavier College. It was like a fairy tale, still a dream to this day. He is now studying Engineering at RMIT.