Marie Louise Hartzer Bursary

The Marie Louise Hartzer Bursary has been established to provide financially supported education to students on the basis of financial need.

Marie Louise Hartzer was the first Congregational Leader of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, known here in Australia as the OLSH Sisters. The OLSH Sisters founded our College in 1938. It was the inspirational and courageous leadership of Marie Louise Hartzer that sent the first 5 sisters from France to Australia (and beyond) in 1884.

Marie Louise Hartzer was a woman of trusting faith, courage and compassion. Her leadership was characterized by wisdom, kindness, gratitude, hospitality and love. She was deeply dedicated to the education of young women and this tradition has been carried on here in Bentleigh through the lives of the OLSH Sisters and all who have followed or worked with them and through those who carry on this special and precious work today.

We honour the memory of Marie Louise as we invite eligible families to apply for the Marie Louise Hartzer Bursary. This Bursary is for students entering Year 7 at OLSH College Bentleigh in 2025.

The Bursary will be awarded on financial grounds at the discretion of the Principal.


Applicants will be assessed on the basis of personal and financial information supplied, interview with the student and parent(s)/caregiver and a character reference.

Annual renewal of the Bursary is dependent upon the recipient’s ongoing academic performance and contribution to the school community, and a review of the parents’/guardians’ financial position.

The Principal holds the final decision whether or not to award the Bursary and may consult with the OLSH College Board on this decision.

The names of applicants and recipients of the Bursary will remain confidential.

Financial and other information not relevant to the ongoing relationship with all applicants will be managed in line with the OLSH College Privacy policy.

Application process

The application process includes the completion of an application form and provision of required documentation, including financial information. Applicants must also complete the standard application for enrolment form.

A shortlist of applicants will then be interviewed and will be asked to provide a character reference.

The final decision will be made by a panel from OLSH College including the Principal, Deputy Principals and a representative from the OLSH College Board.


Applications close on 18 August 2023. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview in September and advised of the outcome of the process in late October.


If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact College Registrar ( or 8520 9200).