The NSW Cookery Teachers Association Scholarship assists public school students who have either obtained a high degree of proficiency in the subject of Food Technology or who can demonstrate a keen interest in the subject. The scholarship is offered to students completing Year 12 in 2017 who intend to continue to university to study a Bachelor of Education (Secondary) or equivalent with a major in Food Technology.

In 2018, three scholarships are available.  Each scholarship has a value of $6,000 per year for 3 years.

The scholarship is to cover educational expenses such as:

  • Face-To-Face Tutoring or Online Tutoring
  • Necessary equipment
  • Stationery and books
  • Payment of course fees
  • Laptop / Technology

Payment will be made to successful applicants following confirmation of enrolment after the HECS Census for the autumn session (31 March 2018).

At the end of each academic year, the student will be required to submit to the Public Education Foundation evidence of their successful progression through their study in the form of an academic transcript.  If a student is not progressing satisfactorily through their study, the Public Education Foundation reserves the right to terminate the scholarship.

If a student discontinues their tertiary education or transfers to a different course, 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, please ensure that you read the scholarship terms and conditions available on our website at


  • Enrolled in Year 12 in 2017 at a NSW Public School and intending to complete the Higher School Certificate in that year
  • Intending to apply for admission to a Bachelor of Secondary Education degree with a major study in Food Technology
  • Australian citizen or permanent resident


  • Potential to do well at University and be able to demonstrate that the scholarship will make a significant contribution to reaching that potential
  • Demonstrated commitment to train as a teacher of Food Technology, with the aim of returning to teach in the NSW public school system
  • Evidence or testimony from the School Principal of high potential
  • 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 pe


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, a representative from the Home Economics Institute of Australia (NSW Division) 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.


To apply for the NSW Cookery Teachers Association Scholarship, students can access the link to the online portal on our scholarships page

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
  • Your University course preferences including name of institution and name of degree/course (you must submit at least one preference but you can enter up to three).
  • A statement outlining why you, the applicant, is a suitable candidate for this scholarship and how you meet each of the selection criteria. This statement must demonstrate your commitment to training as a food technology teacher and returning to teach in the NSW Public School system.   (maximum 400 words)
  • A copy of your most recent school report ready to upload (PDF or word format)
  • A reference from your Principal (PDF or word format, maximum 400 words)

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


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 Monday 26 February 2018.


Call the Public Education Foundation on 02 9266 8452 or email us.

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