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About the Stella Sheppard Memorial Scholarship


Beth Bolte (4EverLearning) with Makayla Reilly & music teacher Dr Phillip Rutherford

The Stella Sheppard Memorial Scholarship is a disability specific scholarship awarded annually. The purpose of the scholarship is to enable its recipient to study at Central Coast Conservatorium. The scholarship is non-competitive, and designed to aid and encourage its recipient to reach his or her personal potential.

Funding for The Stella Sheppard Memorial Scholarship is provided by 4everlearning

The scholarship package will include a 45 minute lesson enabling specialised attention for the disability, plus a percentage of the cost of purchase and/or modification of a suitable musical instrument and its maintenance, which would be advised following discussion if required.\

The Stella Sheppard Memorial Scholarship hopes to offer a variety of opportunities of music education, participation and enjoyment for people with severe disabilities. Severity of disability will not exclude any applicant from being eligible for the scholarship. 

About Stella Sheppard

Stella Sheppard was born 18-08-1912 in Gosford. Her musical qualifications were: London Copllege of Music - Primary Certificate at age 12; Elementary Certificate at age 13; Intermediate Certificate at age 13; Senior Certificate at age 14; Advanced Senior Certificate at age 15; Cumulative Certificate at age 16; and Diploma Certificate at age 16.
Community involvement included playing in dance bands at Narara Hall, and Physical Culture at Narara Hall, Toukley, Wyong, Kanwal, Gorokan, Budgewoi and Ourimbah between 1974 and 1985. Mrs Sheppard held ‘music afternoons’ in her home, which were extended to both present and past students.

Mrs Sheppard began teaching grandchildren and friends in 1976, then after registering as a Teacher with the Australian Music Examination Board in 1988, moved on to her ‘profitable hobby,’ taking children and adults through practical and theory exams. Her nominal fee reflected her wish to support anyone who came to her. Local eisteddfods always included several of her students, many winning top places. At the time of her death, 93, she was still teaching 25 students.
Mrs ‘Shep’ taught my five lively and at times, challenging children. Her kind heart saw her take on students of all abilities. Her patience and tolerance saw her devote many extra hours of tuition, ensuring students would recognise the wealth of benefits which music is seen to provide. It was this enthusiasm for music, and dedication to all abilities, given despite great variances in levels of interest and capacity, which led me to want to dedicate this scholarship in her name.


Closing date is 16th March 2018
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Term Dates

The Central Coast Conservatorium operates to NSW Department of Education School Gazetted Term dates

Term 1
1-1 Lessons Wed 27/1 to Thur 1/4
Sat Strings Ensembles Sat 6/2 - Sat 26/3
CCYO & Ext program Tue 9/2 - Tue 30/03
PWE & SWO Wed 10/2 - Wed 31/03

Term 2
Monday 19/4 to Saturday 26/06 

Term 3
Monday 12/7 to Saturday 18/09

Term 4
Monday 05/10 to Saturday 18/12

Mission Statement

We seek to inspire our Central Coast community to engage in and value music as an integral part of life through comprehensive music education and artistic endeavour.