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Scholarships and awards

Our students can take advantage of several scholarship and award opportunities.

NSW School Nanga Mai Awards

The Nanga Mai Awards are an annual event organised by Aboriginal Education and Communities Directorate. The awards recognise and celebrate innovation, excellence and educational achievement in Aboriginal education in NSW public schools, school communities and department directorates.

Premier’s Spelling Bee

The Premier’s Spelling Bee is an annual competition that encourages primary school students in Years 3 to 6 to develop their spelling skills in a fun and educational way. Students are selected at school level to take part in regional finals. Regional winners then compete in the state final.

Premier’s Reading Challenge

This Premier’s Reading Challenge encourages students from Kindergarten to Year 9 to develop a love of reading and plays an important role in developing literacy.

Premier’s Debating Challenge

The Premier’s Debating Challenge is open to students from Year 5 to 12. Teams compete in a round robin series of debates against other schools. The winners go on to compete at regional and state level to determine the eventual state champion.

Public speaking competitions

The Arts Unit offers public speaking competitions for NSW school students. Each competition is a great opportunity for students to develop their speech-writing and presentation skills while representing their schools in a state-wide competition.

Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarships

The Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarships are an opportunity to visit significant overseas sites associated with Australia’s participation in war for Years 10 and 11 students in selected schools.

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - Australia

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - Australia provides an internationally recognised, self-development program for people aged 14 to 25. The program equips young people with the opportunity to undertake a variety of voluntary and challenging activities.

Carr Legacy Scholarship

Peter and Margaret Carr both started teaching at RRHC in 1961. Peter was an English Teacher and Margaret a Home Science Teacher. Peter later went on to work as a Lecturer at the Lismore Teachers College, which then became the College of Advanced Education – now SCU.

Peter and Margaret Carr have left a legacy where each year the top 5 RRHC Year 12 students can be awarded $10,000 scholarships to help with their tertiary education costs.

The award is given for the purpose of supporting the student’s progression to university through the payment of course fees, accommodation costs and the purchase of related texts and equipment.

The award shall be in the form of $10000.00 of financial credit to be paid upon provision of a receipt or tax invoice.

Please see the attached guidelines and application form.

Scholarship funds will be released to a student when the student has enrolled and commenced at university.

The funds are only valid for the first year of university.

Should a student be eligible to receive a scholarship but does not want to start university study in the immediate year following school completion the student can apply to have their scholarship deferred for up to one year only.

Carr Legacy Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of the following criteria:

1. Highest ATAR scores

2. Positive citizenship based on nil student suspensions during Years 11 and 12.

** Proof of ATAR Score from Universities Admission Centre must be attached to application**

Applications must be emailed to

by 11:00am Thursday 20 January 2022

Application Form


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