When Marcellin Champagnat founded the Marist Brothers in 1861, he did so to educate the youth of rural France. Consequently, from its earliest days, the education of boys from rural and remote areas has been part of the DNA of St Joseph’s College. Country families ground Joeys – their life experience demonstrates resilience in adversity, the value of effort and a true example of rugged determination. They have enriched our community for more than 140 years.

To ensure country families remain a fundamental part of Joeys, SJC Foundation launched Boys from the Bush bursaries, a fund committed to offering a Joeys education to rural students for whom this opportunity might not otherwise be possible.

Boys from the Bush offers needs-based bursaries, providing partial fee remittance to rural families who might, under ordinary circumstances, not be able to consider a St Joseph’s College education for their son due to financial limitations.

The number of boys on the bursaries has grown year by year, from 9 in 2016, to 33 in 2019.

A Day of Giving in June, 2019, raised more than $800,000 in 24 hours to establish an endowment fund for Boys from the Bush bursaries. Thanks to the generous donations of the Joeys community – Old Boys, families past and present, and friends of the College – the fund will ensure the essential Marist mission of providing the life-changing gift of education continues to be central to what we do and to who we are, and will allow the College to maintain a genuinely diverse student community.

Academic scholarships

All-Rounder Academic Scholarships

St Joseph’s College Academic Scholarships provide full remission of whichever fees are applicable to the successful student/s (boarding or day) for students entering Year 7/six years of secondary education at the College.

Several scholarships are offered to students who sit the ACER Cooperative Scholarship Testing Program.

Applications for the Year 7 2024 ACER Scholarship test are now OPEN
Applications close: midnight AEST Monday 6 February 2023
Examination date: Saturday 25 February 2023

Click this link for more information.

Indigenous Scholarships

For Indigenous boarding students

St Joseph’s College Foundation, through the generosity of supporters of SJC Indigenous Fund and SJC Indigenous Scholarship Fund, offers means-tested scholarships and bursaries to Indigenous boarding students, providing partial funding for up to six years of boarding and tuition fees. 

Applications for the Indigenous Scholarship are now open and will close on Monday 8 May 2023.

Contact admissions@joeys.org for more information.



In partnership with SJC Foundation, St Joseph’s College offers the above scholarships and bursaries. These are available to new and continuing students at the College:

Families from rural, regional and remote areas of New South Wales have been an integral part of the unique St Joseph’s College community since its foundation in 1881. Ensuring the continuation of this strong link between Joeys and country families  is a priority for the College. Boys from the Bush Bursaries acknowledge the importance of these relationships by providing financial support to students from rural, regional and remote areas and provide up to one-half remission of the boarding and tuition fee. These scholarships are means-tested and give preference to students commencing in Years 10 to 12. 


In partnership with SJC Foundation, St Joseph’s College offers the above scholarships and bursaries. These are available to new and continuing students at the College:

Presented by the Farrell Family in memory of their parents. The Gregory Patrick and Marie Dolores Farrell Memorial Scholarships are partial scholarships, offering up to one-third remission of the boarding and tuition fee. These means-tested scholarships are available to boarding students entering Years 10 to 12 from rural/regional NSW who epitomise the Joeys spirit of striving for better things and who, without such assistance, would not be able to attend St Joseph’s College.

Please note: The Boys from the Bush Bursaries and Farrell, Renshaw, Petersen, Dorrell and Cronin Scholarships may not be awarded every year. 

Contact admissions@joeys.org for more information.