The Public Education Foundation’s Camburn Withers Scholarship supports Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in Connected Communities schools to engage, learn, strive, reach their full potential and excel through their primary school education.

The scholarship is named in memory of Camburn Withers small business owner and feminist, a man of vision, integrity, wisdom, humour and generosity of spirit; a believer in equal opportunity and in doing one’s best. Camburn understood the value of education, learning, history, perseverance and belief in oneself.

The scholarship will provide financial support to help the student with resources and services relevant to improving their educational outcomes.An amount of $1,000 per year will be paid to one successful applicant for each year of their primary schooling, Years 2-6 (total amount $5,000). It will be shaped by the needs of the student with support and input from relevant parties which may include from the school principal, the Foundation and/or the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group.

The scholarship is to cover educational expenses such as:

  • Face to face or online tutoring
  • Incidental fees (eg. Text book hiring, costs associated with a specialised subject etc)
  • Uniforms and school shoes (including school sports clothing)
  • Stationery and general office items and equipment
  • Text books
  • Laptop or iPads or other similar devices
  • Printers
  • Internet connection for study at home
  • School excursions and school camps
  • Costs associated with work experience linked to VET subjects
  • Furniture for study such as desk, chair, lamp etc

If a student leaves public school before the end of primary school, the scholarship will lapse.  Any unspent monies at the end of the scholarship period must be refunded to the Public Education Foundation scholarship fund.

Before applying for this scholarship, click here to read the scholarship terms and conditions


  • Enrolled in Year 2 in 2018 in one of the following schools:
    • Boggabilla Central School;
    • Bourke Public School;
    • Brewarrina Central School;
    • Coonamble Public School;
    • Hillvue Public School;
    • Menindee Central School;
    • Moree East Public School;
    • Taree Public School;
    • Toomelah Public School;
    • Walgett Community College Primary Campus or
    • Wilcannia Central School
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Australian citizen or permanent resident


  • Evidence of successful transition into the primary school environment and demonstration of capacity to succeed at school
  • Disadvantage currently preventing the student from realising their potential at school
  • Positive attitude towards school and high attendance rates
  • Evidence or testimony from the School Principal and the Classroom Teacher
  • Agree to the terms and conditions of the scholarship, including providing feedback to the Public Education Foundation and at the completion of each academic year during the scholarship period.


A selection panel will review all scholarship applications and assess them against the selection criteria.  The selection panel will include representatives of the Public Education Foundation, the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group and independent experts.  After considering all applications, the selection panel will recommend the selected applicant for the approval of the Public Education Foundation’s Board.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome via email. If successful, the scholarship recipient’s school principal will also receive notification directly.

How To Apply

To apply for the Camburn Withers Scholarship, carers and teachers can access the link to the online portal via the Foundation’s website –

Please note that all applications are now received via the Foundation’s online portal.  You will need to sign up for a FluidReview account to access the form.

Prior to starting your application you should compile the following information ready to submit:

  • Applicant details including:
    • full name
    • gender
    • date of birth
    • phone number
    • address
    • email
  • Residence status
  • Parent/guardian details (at least one but up to two)
    • name
    • phone number
    • relationship to student
    • email address
  • School details:
    • name of school
    • address
    • principal name
    • email
  • School Point of Contact – the person at the school who you would like correspondence sent to – name, phone number and email
  • Basic information about you / your family:
    • highest education qualification of your immediate family
    • whether you are Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, or Pacific or South Sea Islander
    • if  you are from a Non-English-Speaking Background
    • country of origin of your parents and yourself
    • which languages you speak and are spoken at home
    • whether you have been in out-of-home care
    • socio-economic background
    • how you found out about the scholarship
  • A statement from the applicant’s parent/carer outlining why the applicant is a suitable candidate for this scholarship and how they meet each of the selection criteria.  (Maximum 400 words)
  • A copy of all pages of your most recent school report ready to upload
  • A personal reference addressing the selection criteria (PDF or Word format, maximum 400 words)
  • A reference from your Principal addressing the selection criteria (PDF or Word format, maximum 400 words)

Note for Principals: Please be aware that your reference is a critical component of the application form and your feedback is given considerable weight in the process of panel deliberations.  The panels are looking for feedback that goes well beyond simple confirmation that the student is enrolled in your school, or that you endorse the application.


Our online applications are a mandatory part of the PEF process, however we are aware that this can cause additional challenges for schools assisting with scholarship applications. We have developed a paper application form which will hopefully assist with this process. Please note that the application must still be completed online but the Parent/Carer statement may be uploaded as a handwritten document if required. Please make sure it is legible.

If you require a copy of the draft paper version of this application, please contact PEF on



Once you have finalized your application and all elements are complete (including references as required) you can submit it for review.

Applications must be submitted by 11.59pm on Tuesday 24 October 2017. 




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