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Those students requiring financial support to complete their studies should apply for a Freemasons Benevolent Fund Education Bursary. There are currently 2 rounds available each year closing in March and August each year. 

The purpose of an Education Bursary is to provide support to Post-Secondary students undertaking their first Tertiary Course who require financial assistance with their studies.

General guidelines of eligibility for a bursary are as follows: 

  • An Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Australia domiciled in Victoria;

  • Low socio-economic status background; or

  • Demonstrated financial need. Students must be able to demonstrate financial need and be able to provide supporting documentation and evidence at the time of application. For example, Commonwealth income support payments such as Youth Allowance, Austudy, or the necessity to relocate to undertake their chosen course of study. 

  • Satisfactory academic merit. 

A post-secondary school student will be not entitled to a bursary if:

  • they are in receipt of other scholarships or bursaries with a combined value greater than $3,000;

  • the request is not for essential academic pursuits associated with their course. Eg as overseas studies;

  • the request is not to assist a student undertaking their first Post-Secondary course; or they have already received a scholarship or bursary from Freemasons Foundation Victoria during the calendar year

The number of bursaries are limited and by applying for a bursary does not guarantee that a bursary will be granted. 

For further information contact Neil on (03) 8535 4780 or Email:


Freemasons Foundation Victoria is committed to supporting the youth of Victoria. A major initiative is our annual Scholarships for Tertiary and Secondary students. 

Each year the Foundation distributes over $400,000 in Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries to students. 

Applications for 2023 scholarships open on 1 December 2022.

Tertiary Scholarships

  • Applications close on 20 February 2023. 

  • Open to students who completed Year 12 in 2022. 

  • You have been offered and accepted a place in a Victorian tertiary institution to study full time in 2023.

  • A successful applicant may defer study for one year. The Foundation must be notified and the money will be paid when study commences.

  • You must be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Australia domiciled in Victoria. 

  • Not be in receipt of any other scholarship or award greater than $5,000 per annum.

  • Awards available

o     1 award of $10,000 per annum, tenable for the duration of the course

o     1 award of $5,000 per annum, tenable for 3 years

o     44 awards of $5,000 for 1 year

Secondary Scholarships

  • Applications close on 7 February 2023. ​

  • Open to students studying Year 7 to Year 12 in 2023 at a Victorian secondary school.

  • You must be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Australia domiciled in Victoria.

  • Awards available

o     Year 7 to 10 awards valued at $700 each (50 available)

o     Year 11 to 12 awards valued between $1,200 - $1,500 (28 available)

When reviewing applications, the following criteria is taken into consideration:

  • school results/academic progress;

  • demonstrated financial need or difficulties;

  • school and community activities;


Applicants will be notified of the outcome before the end of March 2023 and if you are successful the payment will be made in May 2023.


Family association with Freemasonry is not a criterion for a Scholarship or Award.


Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of Freemasons Foundation Victoria and the value and number of awards may vary at its discretion.

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