Scholarships - Cranbrook School

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Scholarships

Foundation Scholarships

At Cranbrook we offer Academic and Music Scholarships: these awards recognise talent, further potential and a positive and generous approach to school life.  We expect scholars to set a healthy example to others through their conduct and their pursuit of excellence, whether that be in Music or a specific area of the curriculum. 

The awarding of a Scholarship will be dependent upon academic results from the Cranbrook School Scholarship Examination (conducted by Academic Assessment Services), submission of supporting material and an interview. All Scholarships will be awarded at the discretion of the Headmaster. Scholarships are awarded for entry into Year 7 and are only awarded to Australian citizens.

Applications for 2018 Scholarships have now closed. Applications for Scholarships in 2019 will open in September 2017.

Martin Pitt

Martin Pitt (Old Cranbrookian 1957) was someone who was positive, cheerful and full of energy. He was irrepressible. Where he saw a need he acted and carried people with him. He embodied, lived and breathed the web of the Cranbrook community. He sadly passed away in 2010.

Martin was at Cranbrook for almost sixty years. He was the heart and soul of the School. To commemorate Martin’s commitment and contribution to the life of Cranbrook, his family and the School established The Martin Pitt Scholarship.

Education and support for those less fortunate were two of Martin’s many passions. Martin’s love for rural Australia and his enthusiasm for boys’ education never waned. He had a strong belief that boys outside the city fringe should also have the opportunity of enjoying a Cranbrook education. However, he also understood the financial difficulty most rural parents endure. As the inaugural Director of the Cranbrook Foundation, Martin worked tirelessly, encouraging the Cranbrook community to support families who, without financial assistance, would be unable to consider a Cranbrook education for their sons.

Criteria for the Awarding of the Scholarship

A boy who:

  • is from a rural area
  • without financial assistance would be unable to attend Cranbrook School
  • displays a real desire to attend Cranbrook School
  • shows potential as a leader
  • is a talented and passionate sportsman
  • will embrace all that Cranbrook offers
  • strives to reach his full potential in all areas
  • upholds high ideals and who gives unselfish service

Funding the Scholarship

Endowment of one boy in perpetuity (one boy every six years) with a full Boarding and Tuition Scholarship from Year 7 to Year 12 will require a corpus of $1.2 million. To ensure that the Martin Pitt Scholarship can be offered in perpetuity, only a percentage of the interest earned from the corpus will be used to offset the Scholarship costs. The remaining earnings will be reinvested to ensure that the value of the Scholarship is not eroded.

Many Old Cranbrookians, past and present parents, friends and Cranbrook staff have offered support for this most worthy Scholarship.

All gifts to the Martin Pitt Scholarship Fund are fully tax deductible for Australian tax payers through the Cranbrook Scholarship Fund. For US tax payers, tax deductible gifts can be made through the Australian Independent Schools USA Foundation a 501 (c)(3) registered charity.

We invite all those who recognise and appreciate the outstanding contribution Martin Pitt made to Cranbrook to come together as one and contribute to The Martin Pitt Scholarship Fund which will ensure that the life and memory of this great Old Cranbrookian, teacher, mentor, coach and friend lives in the fabric of the School for generations.

Managing the Scholarship

The awarding of the Martin Pitt Scholarship will be vested with the Headmaster together with immediate members of Martin’s family. The Scholarship will be means-tested and will adhere to existing principles applied to other Cranbrook means-tested scholarships. Following a selection process, applicants who are deemed worthy will be invited to meet with a selection panel. The Martin Pitt Scholarship will be promoted nationally and will be open to all boys throughout Australia.

At the Headmaster’s discretion and depending upon the availability of funds, more than one Scholarship may be awarded. If a family’s financial situation allows, partial scholarships may be considered.

Martin Pitt Scholarship Fund

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Matt Street

The Matt Street Scholarship was established by Old Cranbrookian Philip (Hooky) James Lee Street (1948) in memory of his youngest son, Matthew Lee Street who boarded at Cranbrook from 1970 to 1977.  Matthew was tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident in 1980 aged 20 years.

In 1981 in memory of his son, Philip Street established The Matt Street Scholarship. The first Matt Street Scholarship was awarded in 1982.

Criteria for the awarding of the Scholarship:

  • a boy of good intellect and character
  • has shown community awareness and a keenness for sport
  • without financial assistance would be unable to attend Cranbrook School
  • either a day or boarding student
  • awarded to a boy who is not already enrolled at Cranbrook School
  • is entering or repeating the final year or entering the penultimate year
  • to be held for a maximum period of two years

Endowment for one boy to commence in Year 11 and complete his education in Year 12 in perpetuity with full boarding and tuition requires a corpus of $1 million.

To ensure that the Matt Street Scholarship can continue to be offered in perpetuity, only a percentage of the interest earned from the corpus will be used to offset the Scholarship costs. The remaining earnings will be reinvested to ensure that the value of the Scholarship is not eroded.

“The time I was fortunate enough to spend at Cranbrook helped open my eyes to a wider world of opportunities, and gave me the confidence and educational underpinnings to pursue them.  The friendships and experiences that were part of my education had an incredibly positive impact on my life.  For me it would not have been possible without the Matt Street Scholarship.” Richard Wright Old Cranbrookian (1988).

Richard is one of many Old Cranbrookians since 1982 who have been worthy recipients of the Matt Street Scholarship and we are now seeking the support of our wider School community to ensure that the Matt Street Scholarship remains in perpetuity.

All gifts to the Matt Street Scholarship are fully tax deductible for Australian tax payers through the Cranbrook Scholarship Fund. For US tax payers, tax deductible gifts can be made through the Australian Independent Schools USA Foundation a 501 (c)(3) registered charity. If you would like further information on the Matt Street Scholarship please contact the Foundation office.

Matt Street Scholarship

"The friendship and experiences that were part of my education had an incredibly positive impact on my life."