David Freebairn Memorial Scholarship


David Freebairn Memorial Scholarship

The David Freebairn Memorial Scholarship seeks to honour the legacy of David Youl Freebairn (’50), a former Scotch student.

Made possible through his generous bequest, the David Freebairn Memorial Scholarship will create a lasting legacy at Scotch and provide transformational educational opportunities for students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend the College. To create a need-based scholarship for a student is testament to our community’s commitment to the College’s broader educational aspirations.

The David Freebairn Memorial Scholarship will provide up to 100% remission of tuition fees, full remission of application and enrolment fees as well as provision for school uniform, books, stationery and laptop for a student entering in Year 9 in 2025 for a four-year period.

  • Applications for the David Freebairn Memorial Scholarship (commencing in 2025) close on Tuesday 14 May 2024.

Applications can be submitted via the link on this page. The scholarship will be awarded to a meritorious student, based on financial need, and is open to external students only. As such, this scholarship will be means tested as part of the interview process. Consideration will also be given to those from regional and rural Australia and/or an interest in pursuing a career or studies in Agriculture.

The David Freebairn Memorial scholarship includes:

  • Remission of up to 100% of tuition fees
  • 100% remission of application and enrolment fees normally payable once a formal offer of admission to Scotch College has been made (value of $3250)
  • School uniform (approx. $1500)
  • Books and stationery (approx. $500)
  • MacBook, required by all students (up to $2,500)

Families will be expected to pay all other costs including:

  • Transport to and from school
  • Recess and lunch
  • Optional music tuition and hire of instrument
  • Optional rowing tuition and rowing camp costs
  • Optional participation in the College annual musical
David Youl Freebairn (’50)

David Youl Freebairn (’50)
(13/02/1933 – 07/07/2022)

The Freebairn High Performance Centre in Purruna is named in honour of David’s late brother John.

David Youl Freebairn attended Scotch College as a boarder from 1946 to 1949 along with his brother John (’47). David grew up on his parent’s farm at Alma and greatly valued his time at Scotch College. His academic reports showed great improvement during his time at Scotch.

David was a House Prefect in 1949, rowed in the First VIII in the 1949 Head of the River Regatta (receiving Rowing Colours) and was a member of the 2nd XVIII Football Team, School Orchestra, Agricultural Bureau and Cadets.

Despite a hearing impairment, David was an accomplished pianist and played the organ for College Chapel services and assemblies.

David left Scotch to continue in his family’s footsteps as a farmer and grazier. Throughout his life he served the wider community including as Life Member and former President of the Hamley Bridge Apex Club, President and Member of Gilbert Valley Lions Club, Life Member and former Chairman of Alma and Owen Agriculture Bureau and Life Member and former Secretary and Captain of the Alma Country Fire Service. David was also a member of Better Hearing SA and a blood donor for more than 45 years.

The Freebairn family has a long connection with Scotch College Adelaide and through the David Freebairn Memorial Scholarship, David’s legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of our community in perpetuity.

Scholarship Requirements and Expectations

Scotch College Adelaide values quality applicants who show outstanding personal values, leadership potential, cultural awareness, moral integrity, service, high achievement, social and emotional intelligence, a global perspective and what they may contribute to the College. All scholarship holders must meet a number of agreed expectations if they are to continue to receive the award.

Scholarship holders are role models and ambassadors of the College, demonstrating high standards of behaviour, manners, and dress at all times. Their behaviour must be good and set a positive example to the rest of the College; in particular those younger than themselves. For more details about the expectations of the David Freebairn Memorial Scholarship recipient, please review this document prior to application.

Director of Admissions
Carrie Cousar

08 8274 4209