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.

NSW Public Schools Celebrate Excellence and Innovation

Media release  6 September, 2023 NSW PUBLIC EDUCATION CELEBRATES EXCELLENCE AND ACHIEVEMENT An impressive 165 awards have been presented to NSW public school teachers, students, employees and parents at the 2023 NSW Minister’s and Secretary’s Awards for Excellence. Last night’s awards at Sydney Town Hall celebrated the best [...]

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It was wonderful to earlier in the week have our CEO David Riordan joining representatives from a few of the 50+ organisations including principal, parent, disability, community groups and unions who are supporting the For Every Child campaign for fully funded public schools. ... See MoreSee Less
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If you’re 15-17 years old and dedicated to solving humanity’s most pressing issues, complete the Rise Global Challenge from our partner @risefortheworld. Join a network of like-minded young people dedicated to serving others and the world. You have until 17 Jan 2024 to finish the challenge - get started at ... See MoreSee Less
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NSW Cookery Teachers Association Scholarship now open.This scholarship provides an opportunity for students from public schools in NSW, ACT, QLD or VIC who are completing year 12 in 2023 and intending to commence a Bachelor of Education in 2024 with a view to becoming a Food Technology teacher. It's a terrific opportunity – providing up to $9,000 per year for 3 years, with up to 3 scholarships available each year.Visit our website for details and to apply online - ... 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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