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CGGS Scholarships: Paving the way for success

HerCanberra Team

This year Canberra Girls Grammar School (CGGS) is celebrating 90 years of educating girls in Canberra.

Traditions are important at CGGS, providing a firm foundation to underpin a sense of continuity and stability; one such tradition is the offering of Scholarships to girls on the basis of academic achievement and financial need.

CGGS’ first scholarships were offered in December 1932. Three scholarships were available for day girls younger than 12 years of age and offered £15 each for three years. The fourth was a senior scholarship for £21 for two years, awarded on the results of the 1932 intermediate examination. In 1933, four open scholarships were offered, two for non-residents and two for residents. In 1937, the first boarding and Old Grammarians’ scholarships were introduced.

CGGS 2015 Scholars

CGGS 2015 Scholars

Today, the School offers four scholarships including the newly announced Gabriel Academic Scholarship—designed for academically gifted girls entering the School in Year 7—in addition to the Gabriel Boarding Scholarship, the Vivien Gough Memorial Performing Arts Scholarship and the Janine Murphy Memorial Scholarship. Information about all these Scholarships, including eligibility and testing is available here.

CGGS scholars go on to achieve brilliant things—Harriet Farlow is a  great example! A student at CGGS since Year 5, Harriet loved the school and the opportunities it offered her. Faced with the possibility of having to leave at the end of Year 10, she applied for, and was granted the Janine Murphy Memorial Scholarship, which she says helped her immensely.

Harriet Farlow

Harriet Farlow

“Without it I would have moved to a different school for college,” says Harriet. “To continue studying at CGGS was a dream come true…I had been there since Year 5, loved all the co-curricular opportunities and no doubt was a main contributor to getting my high ATAR (98.75), which enabled me to get into my degree at ANU.”

Having now graduated from ANU with a degree in Physics and Biological Anthropology, Harriet is preparing to move to Sydney where she will commence a graduate program in Technology Consulting with Deloitte. Added to this, she has also volunteered with Community Ambassadors, encouraging children in disadvantaged households and rural areas to attend university by holding outreach programs.

“I also did some debating at university, learnt Arabic, took up Latin dancing and have been working as a physics and maths tutor.”


CGGS scholarships are open to permanent residents or those who have Australian citizenship and are calculated on a sliding scale depending on the family’s financial circumstances. Scholarships are also offered on merit without fee remission if financial assistance is not required. Applications for all scholarships close on Monday 7 March 2016. For more information regarding scholarship eligibility and information on how to apply, contact Barbara Connelly or Gaynor Elder on (02) 6202 6420 or visit the CGGS website.

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