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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.

Public Education Foundation Our Stories

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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.

Schmidt Futures and Rhodes Trust Announce First Cohort of “Rise” Global Winners, in Partnership with Public Education Foundation

These One Hundred 15 - 17 Year Olds Represent “Hidden Brilliance” Working in Service of Others Hailing from 42 Countries, Winners Receive Access to a Lifetime of Benefits Including Scholarships, Mentorship, Career Development Opportunities, and Funding for Future Ventures for Public Benefit Rise is the Anchor Program of a $1 Billion Philanthropic [...]

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. [...]

Congratulations to the two scholars of PEF that achieved first in the state - Michelle Ung and Roaa Ahmed! #ProudlyPublic

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National Cabinet meets today to discuss and then announce return to school plans - our survey of families yielded over 5,000 responses. Read our media release of the initial analysis https://www.acsso.org.au/application/files/3616/4257/7948/ACSSO_Media_Release_RULES_RATs_AND_RETURN_TO_SCHOOL.pdf

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David Hetherington, our Executive Director, has been nominated for @ProBonoAustralia #2022Impact25 awards, for his amazing work at Public Education Foundation. Please submit your vote and show your support for our organisation. A win for David is a massive win for PEF and the work that we do. Voting closes on the 1st of February. hubs.li/Q012qr_F0 Please share this post in your Facebook page and encourage your friends to vote. ... 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/H0ZYL-t0 to register or log in.hubs.li/H0ZYK_X0 ... 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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