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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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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.

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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.

Exceptional Leadership Skills Recognised with Harvard Principals Scholarship

The Public Education Foundation, Teachers Mutual Bank and the Harvard Club of Australia are honoured to announce the recipients of the 2021 Principals Scholarships. The three outstanding principals will undertake a professional education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education that is specifically designed to strengthen the skills of educational leaders. [...]

New Early Childhood Funding Welcome, but Budget Misses Opportunities for Education

The Public Education Foundation (PEF) welcomes a major new commitment to early childhood education and care (ECEC) in the 2021 Federal Budget, as well as additional commitments to TAFE. However, the Budget misses critical opportunities to level the playing field for public schools and reduces critical funding for universities while diverting funding [...]

The most important thing a society can do for its children is support and respect their teachers. #Istandwithteachers #MoreThanThanks

“Teachers stood by us during the pandemic. They were widely praised for their skill and commitment by parents afforded a ring-side seat in the classroom during lockdowns. A just wage and improved working conditions are deserved – and overdue.” https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/consider-these-three-facts-about-the-teachers-strike-20211205-p59ev5.html

GREAT opportunity for 15-17 years old! Encourage them to download the app to benefit from podcasts & webinars https://bit.ly/3m5zBCk & apply for Rise scholarship.

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SURPRISE! Global initiative @risefortheworld supports bright teens of tomorrow through scholarships. https://gma.abc/3Bhan85

Teachers Health Early Career Scholarship provides $10,000 to spend on professional development. Visit https://hubs.li/Q0101_5N0 for details.

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The Public Education Foundation’s Teachers Health Early Career Scholarship supports public school teachers in the first three years of their career. The scholarship provides $10,000 to spend on approved professional development / professional learning. The scholarship may be spent on a single professional development course or on a set of professional learning activities within Australia.Teachers Health was created by teachers for teachers over 65 years ago – the only health fund built from day one to benefit the education community. Today, Teachers Health looks after over 350,000 teachers, education staff, and their families around Australia. As a not-for-profit fund and Australia’s largest industry-based health fund, Teachers Health puts people before profits and offers the best possible value to its members. They also give back to the education community, through scholarships, sponsorships and health and wellbeing programs.Visit our website for details and to apply online.hubs.li/Q0101ZJ20 ... See MoreSee Less
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The Youth Development Scholarships (YDS), formerly known as the DCJ Scholarships Program, helps young people to finish their education and reach their full potential.A person is eligible to apply if you meet the following criteria:- Studying in Year 10, 11 or 12 in NSW at one of the following in 2022: a NSW high school or equivalent at a TAFE college including Pathways, home schooled, or doing a school-based apprenticeship or traineeshipYou must also be either a social housing client or living in out-of-home-care. This can include:- living in public housing, including Aboriginal housing- being on the NSW Housing Register (wait list)- receiving private rental assistance from DCJ (not Centrelink)- receiving a Rent Choice product- living in community housing/Aboriginal community housing- living in housing provided by a Local Aboriginal Land Council- living in supported accommodation- living in out-of-home careApplications will close on Friday, 18 February 2022. Applications are completed online through Survey Monkey Apply. Click on hubs.li/Q0101NV40 to register or log in.hubs.li/Q0101Q2r0 ... 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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