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.
Applications for the main round of 2020 Student Scholarships will open in May 2019 (Tertiary Transition) and June 2019 (Primary and Secondary School Scholarships).
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.
|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.
|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.
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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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||CLOSED|
|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.
|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.
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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
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.
- 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 email@example.com or call us on 02 9266 8256.