Edmund Rice Education Scholarship

Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice was a Roman Catholic missionary and educationalist. Edmund was the founder of two religious institutes of religious brothers: the Congregation of Christian Brothers and the Presentation Brothers. Edmund spent much time working to help many people who suffered poverty and injustice. He recognised that education was the means to break the cycle of poverty and to teach all children the love of God.

As a dedication, to continue the vision and legacy of Edmund Rice and the Christian Brothers, a fundraising campaign was initiated in 2011 by Br Dan Stewart and as a result a scholarship in perpetuity was established.


One scholarship valued at $6,750 is available each year. The Scholarship will be paid as one $2,250 instalment per annum for a maximum of three years.


This scholarship is open to applicants who meet all of the following criteria:

  • Australian citizens and permanent residents
  • Undergraduate students
  • Enrolled full-time in the School of Education
  • Demonstrated financial hardship
  • Demonstrated participation in community service and/or social justice

Required Documentation

The following documents must be submitted with the application:

  • Evidence of financial need
  • Evidence of your contribution to community service and social justice
  • A written statement of approximately 300 words outlining:
    • how your financial hardship has impacted on your ability to study, and any other barriers you have faced in pursuing your education
    • how the Scholarship will assist you to contribute to your local/professional community in accordance with the spirit of Edmund Rice
    • commitment to the Mission and Values of ACU

Selection Criteria

Applications are assessed based on the strength of the following criteria:

  • Financial need
  • Evidence of contribution to community service
  • Commitment to the ACU Mission and Values

Selection Process

Recipients will be selected by the Scholarships Office.

Ongoing Requirements

Successful applicants must maintain full-time enrolment in the initial course of study.

Recipients are requested to submit a letter of appreciation to the donor explaining how the Scholarship has assisted them. The letter should be submitted to the Scholarship Office no later than 1 October of each year.