Father James Wall Bursary

The Father James Wall Bursary honors the founder of the Catholic Development Fund, Father James ‘Jim’ Wall. The bursary recognises the achievements of Year 10 Catholic secondary school students who, like Father Wall, go above-and-beyond in their day-to-day activities.

In 2019, six 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 according 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.


Presentation Ceremonies:

Picture above: Melbourne Presentation (left to right) Matthew Cassin (Catholic Development Fund), Augustine Morris Jnr, Francesca Perri, Archbishop Peter A Comensoli, Laura Galati, Mia Jones, Jim Miles (Catholic Education Melbourne).

Pictured above: Bunbury Presentation (left to right) Ms Hutton, Kerrie Merritt (Catholic Education WA), Ella Hutton, Nick Maher (Catholic Development Fund).

Pictured: Fr James Wall; ‘Father of the Funds

2019 Recipients:

  • Ella Hutton
    Bunbury Catholic College,
    Marist Campus Diocese of Bunbury
  • Milly Cortese
    St Peter’s College, Cranbourne
    Diocese of Sale
  • Mia Jones
    Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College, Bentleigh Archdiocese of Melbourne
  • Augustine Morris Jnr
    Catholic Regional College, St Albans
    Archdiocese of Melbourne
  • Francesca Perri
    Academy of Mary Immaculate, Fitzroy
    Archdiocese of Melbourne
  • Laura Galati
    Catholic Ladies College, Eltham
    Archdiocese of Melbourne