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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.

The Foundation works in collaboration with schools, communities, unions, business and government to help students achieve their full potential and support teaching and learning excellence in the public education system.



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Our life-changing  scholarships help students overcome barriers to achievement created by social and economic disadvantage. We also reward academic achievement in our public schools.

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“RISE” Program Launched

Youth Talent Program Supported by Eric and Wendy Schmidt Seeks Extraordinary 15-17-Year-Olds Committed to Tackling World’s Most Pressing Issues Schmidt Futures and Rhodes Trust, supported by Australia’s Public Education Foundation, launch Global “Rise” Program to find the Next Generation of Leaders and Support them for Life. Schmidt Futures, in partnership with [...]

2020 Minister’s and Secretary’s Awards for Excellence

Awards celebrate outstanding achievement in public education Outstanding student achievement and inspiring public education staff and parents have been recognised in the 2020 NSW Minister’s and Secretary’s Awards for Excellence. The awards to more than 130 individuals and schools showcase NSW public school students, staff and parents who have made major contributions [...]

Public schools are as good as private schools via @EMAILiT Great to see recognition of achievement of our public educators! @nswppa @NSWPandCFed @TeachersFed @smitchellmlc @mscott @DanTehanWannon @JaneCaro @tanya_plibersek @LilaMularczyk @PreslandChris

Rise isn’t your traditional application. Instead of writing essays, download Hello World - Rise app & record selfie videos to tell your story. It only takes 30 minutes! Beat the January 29 deadline! Download the app via this link:

Are you 15-17 years old? Looking for opportunities to turn your ideas into reality and build a better world? Rise is one of the largest—if not the largest—scholarship opportunities in the world. Download the Hello World - Rise app #RiseForTheWorld

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The Public Education Foundation is supported by a wide range of government, philanthropic, and private sector partners as well as individual donors. We thank them for their generosity.

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