​​Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarships

The Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarships are open to students who have completed their VCE at a government secondary school. They provide assistance to recipients to pursue further studies in music performance and composition.

The scholarship program was established in 2006 by the family of the late Margaret Schofield.

The scholarship recipients for 2019 were announced at Top Class Sound 2019 and Top Class Music 2019.

Applications for 2020

Applications for the Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarships 2020 will open in September 2019.


Music Performance scholarship

Applications for this annual scholarship are invited from government school students of VCE Music Performance, VCE Music Investigation and/or VCE VET Music. Applicants must be soloists.

The selection panel will consider applicants who can demonstrate a commitment to music performance in recent years and to a future career in music performance. Students’ study scores for VCE Music Performance, VCE Music Investigation and/or VCE VET Music will be taken into consideration.

In 2019 the annual scholarship of $5000 will contribute towards the cost of tertiary education in music performance.

2019 recipients

Congratulations to John Bennett, Louis Georgiou, Noah Meletis, Charlotte Miles and Chih-Ting Yang, the 2019 recipients of the Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarship for Performance.

The awards were announced at the Top Class Music concerts held on Tuesday 19 March 2019 at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank.

This is the first time in the scholarship's history that five recipients have been awarded in one year.

A group of men and women

L–R: Louis Georgiou, Chih-Ting Yang, Andrew Cochrane (Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarship Trustee),
Noah Meletis and Charlotte Miles


Music Composition scholarship

Applications for this annual scholarship are invited from government school students of VCE Music Style and Composition, VCE Music Investigation, VCE Music Performance and/or VCE VET Music.

The selection panel will consider applicants who can demonstrate a commitment to music composition in recent years and to a future career in music composition. Students’ study scores for VCE Music Style and Composition, VCE Music Investigation, VCE Music Performance and/or VCE VET Music will be taken into consideration.

In 2019 the annual scholarship of $7000 will contribute towards the cost of tertiary education in music composition.

2019 recipient

Nathan Zammit of Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School is the 2019 recipient of the Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarship for Composition.

The scholarship was announced at the Top Class Sound concert held on Friday 1 March 2019 at the Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Studios, Southbank. Read more

A young man posing in front of a grand piano

Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarship Composition recipient Nathan Zammit


History of the Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarships

Margaret Schofield

Margaret Schofield

These scholarships were established by the family of the late Margaret Schofield in recognition of her achievements as a musician and her commitment to music education. The award of the scholarship is coordinated by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).

Margaret Schofield's life and career are recognised through this scholarship which has been established by her family in recognition of her achievements and commitment to the provision of educational opportunities for all.
The scholarship is open to students who have completed their VCE at a government secondary school and provides assistance in funding ongoing music study at a tertiary institution.

Margaret Schofield was one of Australia's leading pianists. Her distinguished career included performances as a soloist, accompanist and actively teaching the piano for almost 60 years.

She studied music at the University of Melbourne and in London where she gave recitals for the BBC. During the 1950s and 1960s she had regular concert tours in Australia with visiting overseas musicians, such as violinist Jean-Pierre Wallez, cellist Edmund Kurtz and soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.

In 1966 she was appointed Chief Study Teacher at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium. She lectured in accompanying and piano at the Melba Conservatorium, examined for the Australian Music Examinations Board and adjudicated at many eisteddfods and competitions.

In 1988 Margaret Schofield was awarded the OAM for her services to music and to the community. She continued to teach and play until almost 80 years of age.

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