The Will Ballantyne Scholarship for Visual Arts

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The Will Ballantyne Scholarship for Visual Arts is awarded annually to a current Melbourne Grammar School Year 12 student demonstrating outstanding talent, accomplishment, and promise in the Visual Arts, and a desire in pursuing a career in a related field.

The Scholarship pays tribute to Will Ballantyne (OM 2010) who tragically died in 2013.

Applications open and close in October each year, with eligible Year 11 students able to apply for the Scholarship in the following year.

The story behind the Scholarship

After the tragic death of their son Will (OM 2010) in 2013, Andrew (OM 1978) and Samantha Ballantyne, together with their children Annabel, Daisy (OM 2013) and James (OM 2014), sought an appropriate way to commemorate their beloved son and brother. Inspired by Will’s love for the visual arts, the family settled upon the idea of a unique scholarship that would encourage other students to pursue their passion.

A keen illustrator, Will spent many hours during his VCE at Motor Works (our Art School) refining his craft and opening his mind to the possibilities of a career in the arts. A little gentle encouragement from Paul Baxter, his Studio Art teacher, saw Will secure a hard-won six-month internship at the Simon Lee Gallery in London. It was an experience that changed his life, and he returned to Australia with a new clarity. “It really helped Will work out what he liked, what he didn’t like, and what he needed to do at uni to make it happen,” James says. “He came back from that gap year in London so motivated.”

Through the scholarship, the Ballantynes hope to provide a pathway for other creative students to explore study and careers in the arts after school. “Motor Works was such a haven for Will during his last few years, and for James, too, during his VCE,” Samantha explains. James adds, “The idea behind the scholarship was to help a student who truly does want to do art for a career, so that their tuition fees from Year 12 could be used later on for art classes or art supplies.”

It is the first Visual Arts scholarship to be offered at Melbourne Grammar School. As an endowed scholarship, the opportunity is funded in perpetuity, enabling talented students in the years to come to pursue their passion for art.

Apply for the Scholarship

Applications for The 2023 Will Ballantyne Scholarship for Visual Arts are now open.  Applications close on Friday 28 October 2022.

The Scholarship is open to boys entering Year 12 and enrolled in at least one Visual Arts subject in 2023. Eligible subjects include VCE Art Creative Practice Units 3 & 4 (previously Art), VCE Art Making and Exhibiting Units 3 & 4 (previously Studio Art) and VCE Visual Communication and Design Units 3 & 4.

Applicants must provide a statement (maximum of 500 words) outlining the reason they wish to be awarded this Scholarship. The statement should address the selection criteria outlined here. A portfolio of work must also be included within the application.

Further information is available here.