The Neima Sidney Scholarship for the Arts

In 2016 the art department procured funding to establish an annual Arts scholarship program. In consultation with key sponsors, the Neilma Sidney Award for Visual and Performing Arts was established.

The scholarship program aims to support talented students in pursuit of further studies or careers in the Arts Industry. The scholarships are open to students enrolled in Unit 1 and 2 VCE arts subjects and VET Fashion and Music.

In Term 2, teachers shortlist and recommend students for the scholarship program. Scholarship winners typically demonstrate a keen interest and talent in their chosen area of study. They also embody the values of the school showing leadership, excellence, integrity and respect.

Each recipient of the award receives a $1,000 scholarship. Scholarships are acquitted through the school in consultation with recipient and their classroom teachers. Recipients of the awards are announced at the annual 1,000 days of VCE celebration.

The award was named in honour of an Australian author who used the pen name of Neilma Sydney. She grew up in an era when women were not expected to aspire to roles beyond domesticity. She was determined to be a ‘writer’ and was able to gain entry to prestigious universities in America. Published whilst studying literature in America, she returned to Australia a published author. Her humility, talent, determination and resilience are qualities we wish upon all recipients of this scholarship program.


Mr Nick D’Aglas – Arts Learning Area Leader