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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.

Applications for 2021

Applications for the Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarships 2021 are now open and will close at 11.59pm on Thursday 5 November 2020.

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Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarship application – Composition

Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarship application – Performance


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 2021 the annual scholarship of $7000 will contribute towards the cost of tertiary education in music performance.

2020 recipients

Congratulations to Mikaela Banitsiotis and Jessie Hillel, the 2020 recipients of the Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarship for Performance. Both Mikaela and Jessie studied Music Investigation at the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.

The scholarships were announced at the Top Class Music concerts held on Friday 13 March at Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank.

A woman with the winner

Fiona Cochrane, Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarship Trustee, and Jessie Hillel


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 2021 the annual scholarship of $7000 will contribute towards the cost of tertiary education in music composition.

2020 recipient

Congratulations to Samuel Stuchbery, the 2020 recipient of the Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarship for Composition. Samuel studied Music Style and Composition at Virtual School Victoria and attended Balwyn High School.

The scholarship was announced at the Top Class Sound concert held Friday 28 February at Melba Hall at the University of Melbourne, Parkville.

A man and the winner

Andrew Cochrane, Margaret Schofield Memorial Scholarship Trustee and Samuel Stuchbery at Top Class Sound


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.