Scholarships & awards



What SSHS Offers

South Sydney High School offers the following scholarships and awards:

  • P&C Academic Awards - These include the Most Improved Student, the Most Consistent Student and the Most Outstanding Student academically in the year.
  • P&C Subject Awards - The student who receives this award is the most outstanding in the subject throughout the entire school, not just in Year 12.
  • The Soroptimist Award - Soroptimist International is a women's service organisation which is a global voice for women working through awareness, advocacy and action in over 122 countries. The Soroptimist Award is a $50 book voucher to a female student in any year who has provided outstanding citizenship and supported the life of the school outside of the classroom.
  • The Davidson Award - This award is given out to encourage leadership, positive relationship building and teamwork. The award of $200 is held in trust at the school and is used to support the educational needs of the recipient. The award is donated annually by an old boy of the school Mr Ian Davidson who still lives in the local area and is passionate about the need for the development of cooperation, the fostering of team building and effective leadership to promote peace, goodwill and harmony.
  • The Noel D'Souza Scholarship - Noel D'Souza is a well known local identity who is the proprietor of Matraville Pharmacy. For the past decade Noel has been encouraging students to strive to achieve their very best and to never give up, through the award of a $250 scholarship to a deserving student in the local area.
  • The Caltex Best All Rounder Award - The Caltex Best All Rounder Award is awarded annually to the student who performs outstandingly in the classroom, on the sports field and in the community. The student receives a medallion, a certificate and entry into a national writing competition that is only open to winners of this award. The five winners of this competition win $1000 to a charity of their choice, $500 for their school and $500 for themselves.
  • Australian Defence Force Leadership and Teamwork Award - This award recognizes students who demonstrate leadership and teamwork within both the school and the broader community, and who display strong values, such as doing one's best, respect for others and ‘mateship' that are integral to Australian society. Awards are given out to one student in each of Years 10 and 12, and includes a prize of $500. 
  • University of NSW Academic Achievement Scholarship - This award is provided to encourage academically gifted Year 12 students from NSW and ACT high schools to undertake undergraduate study at UNSW. Upon confirmation of enrolment and commencement of study at UNSW a payment of $4000 will be made to the student.
  • University of NSW Mathematics Award - This award is given annually to honour a student who has demonstrated exceptional mathematical ability and has achieved superior results in the school assessments. The prize includes a certificate and a $200 prize.
  • Rueben F Scarf Award - This award is given annually to honour a student who demonstrates consistent effort and a desire to improve. The prize includes a certificate and a $50 prize.

Read more about different scholarships and awards.

NSW School Nanga Mai Awards

These awards are presented to Aboriginal students, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal staff, school regions, schools and community members across several categories. They highlight and celebrate excellence and achievement in Aboriginal education in NSW Public Schools.

Premier's reading challenge

This popular challenge encourages students from Kindergarten to Year 9 to develop a love of reading and plays an important role in developing literacy.

Premier's ANZAC Memorial Scholarships

Opportunities for selected secondary students to visit significant overseas sites associated with Australia's participation in wars, who will be in Years 10 or 11 at the time of travel.

Duke of Edinburgh's award

The Duke of Edinburgh Award provides an internationally recognised, self-development program for 14-25 year olds. The program equips young people with the opportunity to undertake a variety of voluntary and challenging activities.

Teaching scholarships

Up to 300 scholarships are available for talented students to train as teachers in secondary maths, science (physics) or English, and in special education.

Australian student prize

Excellence and achievement in high school is recognised by this Commonwealth government award.

HSC Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students

Scholarships are awarded to students to study to be primary and high school teachers.

Gallipoli scholarships

Four scholarships are awarded each year to descendants of WWI and WWII veterans to help finance the first year of a degree course in a NSW or ACT University.

United World College scholarships

These are available to students in Years 11 and 12 to enable young people to spend two years in one of the United World College's 12 overseas campuses.

Medical and health careers scholarships

The NSW Rural Doctors Network offers scholarships for students interested in having rural experience as part of their studies.


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