Una May Smith Scholarship

The Public Education Foundation’s Una May Smith Scholarship aims to support Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students to participate in and successfully complete schooling and progress to tertiary education and/or training.

The scholarship is named in honour of Una May Smith of Coogee. Miss Una May Smith was an Aboriginal woman whose career in education had involvement with La Perouse Public School over a number of years. Miss Smith generously bequeathed part of her estate for the establishment of this scholarship.

The recipient will receive the scholarship for as long as they remain enrolled in a public school or tertiary institution, shows reasonable academic progress and continues to meet the conditions of the scholarship. The scholarship can be tailored over time to meet the specific circumstances, interests, and learning needs of the recipient. It will be shaped by the needs of the student with support and input from relevant parties which may include from the School Principal, the Foundation and/or the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group.

The scholarship will provide financial support to cover education expenses for the student up to the following amounts;

Year 1


Years 2 – 5


Year 6


Year 7


Years 8 – 9


Years 10 – 12


Tertiary Education (maximum 4 years)


The scholarship is to cover educational expenses such as:

  • The scholarship is to cover educational expenses such as:
    • Face to face or online tutoring
    • Incidental fees (eg. Text book hiring, costs associated with a specialised subject etc)
    • Uniforms and school shoes (including school sports clothing)
    • Stationery and general office items and equipment
    • Text books
    • Laptop or iPads or other similar devices
    • Printers
    • Internet connection for study at home
    • School excursions and school camps
    • Costs associated with work experience linked to VET subjects
    • Furniture for study such as desk, chair, lamp etc

If a student leaves public school before the end of Year 12, the scholarship will lapse. If the student does not continue to tertiary education, no other support will be provided.  Any unspent monies at the end of the scholarship period must be refunded to the Public Education Foundation scholarship fund.

Before applying for this scholarship, please ensure that you read the Scholarships & Awards Terms and Conditions.

Basic Eligibility

  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • Attends a NSW Public School
  • Enrolled in Year 1 in 2017
  • Australian citizen or permanent resident


 Selection Criteria

  • Potential to do well at school and be able to demonstrate that the scholarship will make a significant contribution to reaching that potential
  • Have positive attitude towards school
  • Experiencing financial hardship by the parent or caregiver of the child
  • Evidence or testimony from the School Principal of high potential
  • Agree to the terms and conditions of the scholarship, including providing feedback to the Public Education Foundation and at the completion of each academic year during the scholarship period.


Selection Process

A selection panel will review all scholarship applications and assess them against the selection criteria. The selection panel will include representatives of the Public Education Foundation, the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group and independent experts. After considering all applications, the selection panel will recommend the selected applicant for the approval of the Public Education Foundation’s Board.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome via email. If successful, the scholarship recipient’s school principal will also receive notification directly.


Application Form and Attachments

Please note that all applications are now received via the Foundation’s online portal.  You will need to sign up for a FluidReview account and answer a short questionnaire to determine which scholarships you are eligible to apply for (there may be more than one).


To apply for the Una May Smith Scholarship, students can access the link to the online portal via the Foundation’s website –


Once you have finalized your application and all elements are complete (including references as required) you can submit it for review.

Applications must be submitted by 11.59pm on Monday 27 February 2017.




Call the Public Education Foundation on 02 9266 8452 or email us at