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Every parent wants the best of the best for their kids, and Scotch College offers that opportunity.


Over 100 years ago, Scotch was founded by ten leaders who envisioned a college in Torrens Park House. Through generous gifts and donations, the school has continued to expand over the years, and scores of students have been given an education like no other. The scholarship program is an opportunity for Scotch to encourage diversity, giving high-achieving students the chance to shine. “We want everyone to have the best opportunity to soar — and part and full scholarships help us to open doors for some who may not otherwise be able. Some are funded through the school and others through foundations like the Old Collegians,” says Director of Admissions Carrie Cousar.


And it doesn’t end at graduation — they hold on tightly to their community for years to come. At Scotch, you don’t just get an education — you get access to a web of connections and people doing amazing things across the globe.


One example is the current president of the Old Collegians Association and recipient of a Scotch scholarship, Hamish Archibald. The opportunities provided by Scotch helped to shape his career — here’s his story.




Hamish and his twin brother, Lachlan, were encouraged by their parents to sit the Scotch scholarship exam, just to see what would happen. After taking the exam in Scotch’s beautiful chapel, a few weeks passed before Hamish was offered a General Excellence Scholarship to cover 50 percent of his tuition fees. This incredible opportunity provided a chance for both brothers to attend the school for the remainder of their education, starting in Year 8.

“Scotch was a hugely positive experience for me. I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a student and embraced the huge range of different opportunities there. I signed up for rowing and other various activities and loved it so much that I ended up coaching!” Hamish remembers.


After leaving school, Hamish headed straight to Flinders University to study Law and Commerce for five years, before diving into the workforce as a practising lawyer. He travelled overseas to Canada where he met his wife, before they both moved back to SA to start their family.


Hamish’s connection to Scotch has never wavered — from playing footy for the Old Collegians team while studying to joining the Old Collegians Association, and eventually moving into the role of president in 2017.

“The Old Collegians Association is all about keeping people connected with Scotch and with each other — our motto is ‘Continuing friendships and connections for life’. We have our own scholarship that gives a 25 percent fee remission for a student in Year 10, 11 and 12 each year. After receiving a scholarship at Scotch myself, it’s pretty special to be able to help award the same opportunities to other students,” Hamish says.

And in a true full-circle moment, Hamish’s twin brother, Lachlan, now teaches Senior Math and Biology and is Head of House at Scotch College!



Scotch understands that no student is the same, so the different paths to a Scotch education reflect that. Some of the options on the table (amongst many others) include Personal Endeavor Scholarships, Academic, General Excellence, Enrichment (Performing Arts) and more, providing varying levels of fee remission for tuition and boarding. Students are accepted into scholarship programs from Year 4 right through to Year 10.


Scholarships help make a Scotch education a reality, and they welcome students from all walks of life. If you think Scotch might be the right fit for your family, check out more of the scholarship opportunities on their website or call 8274 4209 to book a tour.


Millie Looker

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