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.


Public Education Foundation Scholars


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.

Public Education Foundation Scholars


There are many ways you can help the Public Education Foundation to assist young people in public education. Your support can change a student’s life and help them realise their full potential.

Public Education Foundation Our Stories

Success Stories

Learn more about our scholarship recipients: their diverse and unique stories and how the scholarship has changed their lives.

Public Education Foundation Blog and News

News and Events

Our media releases, news articles and resource links highlight the value of public education and contribute to education-related debates and discussions


Our media releases, news articles and resource links highlight the value of public education and contribute to education-related debates and discussions.

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The generosity of our volunteers, including panel members, mentors, event volunteers, advisors, our board and more is invaluable to our efforts.If you would like to be a change maker alongside us please email ... See MoreSee Less
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Public Education Day is always a special one in Australia. A day to reflect, and plan a path towards an even better future. We have much to celebrate on one hand, though still too much to enhance on the other. Let's build! ... See MoreSee Less
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Our 2024 tax appeal goal is to raise $250,000 with Roaa and John timely reminders of our efforts to provide scholarships to even more students.Scholarship recipient Roaa shares:"Thank you so much for everything, I just want to extend my gratitude to everyone who has been involved at the Public Education Foundation. The scholarship allowed me to do an internship in media as I didn’t have to work extra hours while attending university to afford my uni expenses. This year I have been chosen as a Student Ambassador at my university and my name will be put up for the Academic Prize/Honours roll for my academic achievements. Last year, I was also given the Walter Award for academic achievement. This would have never happened without the support from you and the team since year 11 (which was my first year of high school in Australia) hence why I would love to contribute, volunteer, and help the new generation of scholars and give back all the support I have received!”Roaa was awarded the Friends of Zainab Secondary scholarship for her Years 11 and 12. She then received a Friends of Zainab Tertiary scholarship providing $2,000 for each year for two years of her university studies. Friends of Zainab scholarships provide financial assistance for refugee students.Read more: you in advance for your investment in Australia’s future.Jane Caro ... See MoreSee Less
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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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