OCA Scholarship

Scholarship rationale

The St Patrick’s College Old Collegians Association (OCA) Scholarship will be awarded to a maximum of two Year 12 students each year and will reward each recipient with a 50% tuition fee scholarship.

Only sons and/or grandsons of Old Collegians are eligible to apply.

The scholarship was formally ratified and launched in September 2020 following months of hard work by a dedicated OCA Sub-Committee comprised of Old Collegians Stephen McMahon (SPC 1986-91), Kieran Murnane (SPC 1988-93) and Chris Torpy (SPC 1989-94).

OCA President Allan McKinnon (SPC 1966-69) said the scholarship aimed to both enhance and support the long-held traditions of the College, reward students for their commitment to the College ethos and provide a further avenue of support for alumni.

“The OCA Scholarship is not necessarily allocated to the smartest student or the best athlete or the pre-eminent musician,” Mr McKinnon said.

“The scholarship is targeted towards two students who have contributed in many ways to the school.

“The student may fly under the radar in any one field.  The scholarship is targeted towards students who are on the way to becoming great men.”

Once applications are received, the OCA, in collaboration with senior College staff, will determine a short list of students who will be invited to attend an interview.

Following that process, the interview panel will recommend to the College Principal the names of two students to receive the OCA Scholarship for their Year 12 year. The Principal’s decision on the successful recipients is final and no further correspondence will be entered into .

Successful recipients must:

  • Maintain their high values throughout their final year of schooling;
  • Repay the scholarship should he leave St Patrick’s College for another school or for employment before completing his Year 12 studies; and
  • Agree to speak at an end-of-year meeting of the OCA about their time at the College.

Application Process

Parents of boys in Year 11 in 2020 are encouraged to work with their son to complete the application process.

Applications must be lodged by no later than 9am on Monday, October 12, 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.

Applications must be completed by filling in the details at the following link.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ocascholarship

For any other enquiries email oca@stpats.vic.edu.au or contact the College’s Director of Community Development Mr Paul Nolan on 5322 4450.