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Father James Wall Bursary

The Father James Wall Bursary is awarded to Year 10 Catholic secondary school students who demonstrate leadership potential in a range of areas, including science, arts, public speaking, sporting activities, community service and social justice activities.

In 2018, seven students were each awarded a $4,000 bursary through the generous support of the Catholic Development Fund (CDF) in conjunction with the Catholic Education Office’s of Melbourne, Sale and Bunbury (Western Australia). This bursary assists with school fees and expenses incurred by the successful students while undertaking Year 11 and 12 in a Catholic Secondary School.

Applications for the awards are delivered to the Diocese Catholic Education Office where a judging panel carefully selects the successful recipients acording to specific criteria, including:

  • Demonstrate a high degree of leadership in school and the community and be seen by their school community to be inclusive, cooperative and committed to making a difference.
  • Demonstrate leadership potential in a range of areas, focusing on the student’s willingness to coordinate and organize these activities in a self-directed manger.
  • Demonstrate an emphasis on helping others and providing service to others, e.g. coaching, fundraising, environmental protection, hospitality services, assisting people with disabilities, involvement in parish and or local council activities.


Each year, the presentation of awards are held in Term 1, to recognise the work of these students in the past academic year. The student's families, school staff and members of Catholic Education and Catholic Development Fund come together to acknowledge the successful recipients and congratulate them on their achievement.

Information about the Bursary can be obtained by contacting the Catholic Education Office or emailing CDF at feedback@melbcdf.org.au.

2018 Fr Wall Bursary Presentation Ceremonies:


Pictured above: Bunbury Presentation (left to right) Mr. McClements, Chris Wallace (Mandurah College), Indi McClements, Maureen Tully (Catholic Education Bunbury), Fr Albin (College Chaplin), Mrs. McClements.


Picture above: Melbourne Presentation (left to right) Patrick Gannon, Chelsea Tomada, Heidi Bakker, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli, Michael Alexander Lapina and Charlie Borracci. 


Pictured above: Sale Presentation (left to right) Maria Kirkwood (Catholic Education Office Diocese of Sale), Hannah Walsh, Bishop Patrick O'Regan and Matthew Cassin (CDF).