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We give life-changing scholarships

The Public Education Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing life-changing scholarships to young people in public education and enhancing the value and reputation of public schools.  We recognise that disadvantage is the main factor in student achievement and success. Our targeted scholarship program focuses on specific areas of need: refugee, Indigenous, rural and remote and disability.  We also offer scholarships to education leaders in public schools across Australia in recognition of their role in transforming student outcomes and improving education standards.


Public and Proud

A farewell note from Melanie Morrison:  March 17. 2020 Over the past three and a half years as Communications Manager at the Public Education Foundation I’ve spent a great deal of time, too much perhaps, on social media. As a proud product of public education, I feel compelled to back a system [...]

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Australia for UNHCR Beddie Scholarship recipient announced  

MEDIA RELEASE: February 12, 2020 We are delighted to announce that Joelle Sanounou is the recipient of the inaugural Australia for UNHCR Beddie Scholarship. This scholarship was created to support a refugee to study at the prestigious Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Joelle Sanounou, a Syrian refugee, arrived in Australia [...]

Sending positive vibes for the weekend & the coming week! The Illawarra South East Performing Ensemble sings 'How Far I'll Go' from the Disney film Moana at the Public Education Foundation Awards at Sydney Town Hall held last 15 May 2019.

Lara Pope was one of the winners in the 2019 NSW Minister's & Secretary's Awards for Excellence. Read more about her
The 2020 NSW Minister's & Secretary's Awards for Excellence is OPEN for nominations. Visit for more details.

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The Public Education Foundation is supported by the NSW Department of Education in collaboration with schools, communities, philanthropic, individual and private sector supporters.

NSW Department of Education