Brisbane Girls Grammar School nurtures a thriving culture of ‘giving back’. Proud of the philanthropic principles upon which the School was founded, we foster a climate of opportunity and contribution for current Grammar girls and future Grammar Women.

The School has a long tradition of educating girls from diverse backgrounds and is committed to accessibility and support, enabling girls of promise and capability that otherwise might not be able to attend Girls Grammar.

The School is committed to establishing and maintaining a sustainable bursary program to support families for whom there is a reduced capacity to pay for a Girls Grammar education, providing avenues of access to the broader community.

Despite its strong academic reputation, Brisbane Girls Grammar School is an academically non-selective school and does not offer any other scholarships.

Two bursaries are available for Year 7, 2025 entry:

  • Maria Sulima Bursary
  • WHK Park Bursary

Bursary applicants must sit the ACER Scholarship Test and return the completed BGGS Bursary application form with supporting documents by Tuesday 27 February 2024.

Maria Sulima Bursary

The Maria Sulima Bursary is means-tested and awarded to a student who displays the qualities of a Grammar Girl. The terms, as laid out by Dr Maria Sulima, are to provide the Bursary to a girl:

  • whose parents are unable to pay, or would have financial difficulty in paying, school fees
  • whose character, talent, academic ability and intelligence suggest that they will take full advantage of the opportunities that the Bursary offers.

The Bursary may be awarded pursuant to recommendation by the Principal of Brisbane Girls Grammar School and will provide remission of up to 100 per cent of tuition fees (only) for Year 7 to Year 12.

Annual renewal of the Bursary is dependent upon the recipient’s ongoing academic performance and contribution to the wider School community, and on an independent review of the parents’/guardians’ financial position if required by the Principal.

The Principal holds the final decision whether or not to award the Bursary and may consult with the Board of Trustees on this decision.

Dr Maria Sulima

The Maria Sulima Bursary is awarded in honour of Dr Maria Sulima. Born in 1911 in Galicia, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Dr Maria Sulima arrived in Brisbane in 1949.

Having attained a Doctorate in Law and Economics from Florence University, Maria established a thriving business in Brisbane as a real estate agent and operated a translation service and migration agency.

Education and academic achievement were important in her life and underpinned her belief that women should have the opportunity to benefit from an excellent education.

In 1992, the year prior to her death, Dr Maria Sulima visited Brisbane Girls Grammar School. She chose Girls Grammar as the vehicle to fulfil her dream of providing an exceptional education to young women.

In 1993, funds were bequeathed to the School to provide the Maria Sulima Bursary, with the first bursaries awarded in 1995.

WHK Park Bursary

The WHK Park Bursary is a memorial to William Hamilton Kerr Park, son of Margaret Park (Kerr, 1883), the first Lady Lilley medal winner. Margaret was a student of the School from 1879 to 1883 and a staff member from 1886 to 1890.