Student Scholarships

Student Scholarships2018-11-07T00:53:21+00:00

Applications for the main round of 2019 Student Scholarships are NOW CLOSED. The NSW Food Technology Scholarship and the scholarships for entry into the Conservatorium High School are still open.

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The Public Education Foundation has a range of scholarships, that target specific areas of need, to help young people at public schools reach their potential. We help students with the extra costs of public schooling and provide them with opportunities to extend their talents and pursue their aspirations.

What does a scholarship recipient receive?

  • Financial support: funds for educational goals such as tutoring, school supplies, laptops, school excursions and incidental fees.

  • Academic support: For school scholarships, the Foundation works with teachers and principals to ensure ongoing support and mentoring for scholarship recipients.

  • Awards ceremony: a formal acknowledgement of recipient achievement at the annual Public Education Awards Ceremony in Sydney.

Category Scholarship School

Year 2018

Location Status
General Vorsay / NSW Teachers Federation/PEF

Each of these scholarships provide support and encouragement for a public primary school student entering Year 2 in 2019, throughout their time at primary school.

Year 1 NSW CLOSED
General David S. Ratner

This scholarship provides support and encouragement for public primary students  in 2019, throughout their time in primary school and on to secondary school (depending on the year of application).  Consideration will be given to applicants whose family identifies as Jewish.

Kindergarten  – Year 5 NSW CLOSED
Indigenous Una May Smith (primary)

This scholarship supports Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students to participate in and successfully complete schooling and progress to tertiary education and/or training.

Kindergarten NSW CLOSED
Camburn Withers

This scholarship supports Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in NSW public schools in Remote or Very Remote schools, or schools with an ICSEA score below 700.  The intent of the scholarship is to allow students to engage, learn, strive, reach their full potential and excel through their primary school education.

Year 1

or

Year 2

NSW CLOSED
Category Scholarship School Year 2018 Location Status
Girls Harding Miller Education Foundation

The Harding Miller Education Foundation Scholarship Program provides practical support to lift the educational and career aspirations of high potential Australian girls who are facing economic hardship.

Year 8 National CLOSED
Indigenous GO Foundation – PEF Scholarship

The GO Foundation – PEF Scholarship aims to support indigenous students to successfully progress through school to completion. Scholarships are provided in a collaborative model with partner organisations and provide access to cultural mentoring, corporate mentoring and pathways to post-secondary education and employment.

Year 10 Metropolitan NSW &  Metropolitan SA CLOSED
Indigenous Aboriginal Education Council

This scholarship supports Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in NSW Public Schools to successfully complete their senior years of schooling.

Year 10 NSW CLOSED
Indigenous Dr Heather Radi

This scholarship supports Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in Remote or Very Remote schools, or schools with an ICSEA score below 700 in the NSW public school system.  The intent of the scholarship is to allow students to engage, learn, strive, reach their full potential and excel through their final two years of secondary education.

Year 10 NSW CLOSED
Music Emorgo (entrance to Conservatorium HS)

This scholarship is offered to a student entering Year 7 at the Conservatorium High School as a member of the Junior Vocal Stream or as an instrumentalist majoring in the study of a woodwind instrument.

Year 6 NSW OPEN

Closing 4 December 2018

Music J Holden Family Foundation (entrance to Conservatorium HS)

The J Holden Family Foundation Scholarship for Music was established to support talented musicians attend the Conservatorium High School, and is offered to a student whose financial circumstances are such that they would substantially benefit from this scholarship.

Year 6 NSW OPEN

Closing 4 December 2018

Music Patricia Long (entrance to Conservatorium HS)

Established with the proceeds of the estate of the late Patricia Long, this scholarship helps talented musicians attend the Conservatorium High School.

Year 6 NSW OPEN

Closing 4 December 2018

Refugee Friends of Zainab Senior Secondary – Year 10

The Friends of Zainab Senior Secondary  Scholarship – Year 10 is for students with a refugee background currently in Year 10 in 2018.

Year 10 National CLOSED
Refugee Friends of Zainab Senior Secondary, Year 11

The Friends of Zainab Senior Secondary  Scholarship – Year 11 is for students with a refugee background currently in Year 11 in 2018.  It provides a one-off payment of $1,000 for Year 12.

Year 11 National CLOSED
Science Australian Science Olympiad

This scholarship is awarded to students in financial need who are invited to attend the Australian Science Olympiad Summer School in one of the following disciplines: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science or Physics. It will cover all or part of the Australian Science Olympiad Summer School fee.

Year 9, 10 National OPEN

Closing 20 November 2018

Social Justice Malala Yousafzai

This scholarship supports hard working students in the middle years of secondary school who have a strong belief in the power of education to change lives. In particular, the scholarship targets students whose circumstances are such that the scholarship can make a significant contribution to helping them to successfully complete their schooling.

Year 8 NSW & ACT CLOSED
Social Justice Union NSW

The Unions NSW Jeff Shaw Memorial Scholarship supports public school students studying curriculum subjects with aspects of unionism such as Economics, Business Studies, Legal Studies and Modern History scholarship.  It provides financial support for students in Year 12 to assist students to complete their final year of high school before continuing to tertiary education.

Year 11 NSW CLOSED
Technology STEM, Trades and Technology

This scholarship is a prestigious scholarship, which aims to encourage students with an interest to pursue a career in trades or STEM.  The scholarship includes an annual bursary of $1,000 for Years 11 and 12, with a further contribution of up to $2,000 if the students progress to study a trades or technology course in TAFE or university.

Year 10 NSW CLOSED
General Capital Chemist

These scholarships are for ACT public school students who will be in their final year of secondary education in 2019.  Up to three scholarships will be awarded to students in each of the ACT’s nine secondary colleges and two specialist schools, including an Academic Excellence Scholarship, a Citizenship Scholarship and a Capital Chemist Scholarship to be offered to a student with a particular need.

Year 11 ACT CLOSED
Category Scholarship School Year 2018 Location Status
Disability Walter & Eliza Hall Trust

The Walter and Eliza Hall Trust Opportunity Scholarship will provide a student with a physical disability transition into tertiary education. There are a total of three scholarships in 2019, each valued at $10,000.

Year 12 ACT, NSW,QLD & VIC CLOSED
General Susan & Isaac Wakil Foundation

These scholarships enable access to  students who hold ambition in skills and trades, or an educational field they otherwise might be prevented from entering into despite demonstrated merit, due to disadvantage or prohibitive costs.  The scholarships provide financial assistance to high potential students in Year 12 who intend to continue studying either at TAFE or University after finishing their HSC.

Year 12 NSW CLOSED
Food Tech NSW Cookery Association

The NSW Cookery Teachers Association Scholarship is offered to students completing Year 12 in 2018 who intend to continue to university to study a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) or equivalent with a major in Food Technology.  In 2019, three scholarships are available, each valued at $6,000 per year for 3 years.

Year 12 NSW OPEN

Closing 26 February 2019

Refugee Friends of Zainab (Tertiary)

The Public Education Foundation’s Friends of Zainab Tertiary Scholarship is for students with a refugee background currently in Year 12 in 2018 intending to enter university in 2019 – and gives an annual bursary of $2,000 for the first two years of full-time university study.

Year 12 National CLOSED

Applications for Public Education Foundation scholarships are all online.

  • Check your eligibility criteria. If you are not sure if you are eligible or not, please contact us us to discuss.
  • Within each scholarship on the website there will be a link to the relevant application form. To apply for the scholarship please click on that link and follow the prompts. You must complete all sections of the form, unless clearly labelled as Optional.
  • The General Application Form is the first form you will complete. Here you fill out contact details and information about you/your family.
  • A Personal Statement will need to be completed for most scholarship applications. You have up to 400 words to describe why you are a suitable candidate for the scholarship and how you meet each of the selection criteria. The personal statement is one of the most important parts of a scholarship application as it is all about you! Take your time to write something that gives our scholarship panels an idea of who you are and your educational dreams. All this information is confidential and covered by our Privacy Policy.
  • Some applications may ask you to show financial need.  We do not require copies of your bank statements but please tell us in your words how your financial need is affecting your education and how your life would change if you won the scholarship.
  • Upload your most recent school report (we accept files in many forms including word, excel, pdf, jpg, gif)
  • Most of our scholarships require a report from someone who knows you, like a principal or a teacher.  You will need to trigger the task to ask for your Principal to supply a supporting statement and others to supply personal references. Make sure you contact these people in advance of asking them and tell them the selection criteria for the scholarship.
  • If you are under 18 you will need to get consent from a parent or guardian
  • Once all documents have been uploaded, your application is ready to submit. Press submit. You will be considered by our scholarship review panel and we will be in touch.
  • Finally, if you have any questions or concerns about an application or the process, please email us on info@publiceducationfoundation.org.au or call us on 02 9266 8256.
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