The Public Education Foundation’s GO–J.B. Fairfax Scholarship aims to support indigenous students to successfully progress through school to completion.

The GO Foundation seeks to empower Indigenous youth through education. Scholarships are provided in a collaborative model with partner organisations and provide access to cultural mentoring, corporate mentoring and pathways to post-secondary education and employment.  The GO-J.B. Fairfax Scholarship is an entry point to a collaborative ecosystem – a network for Indigenous students and their communities.   

The recipient will receive the scholarship for the term of the scholarship as long as they remain enrolled in a NSW public school, shows reasonable academic progress and continues to meet the conditions of the scholarship.  The scholarship can be tailored over time to meet the specific circumstances, interests and learning needs of the recipient.  It will be shaped by the needs of the students with support and input from relevant parties which may include the School Principal, the GO Foundation and/or the Public Education Foundation.

In 2018, two GO-J.B. Fairfax Scholarships will be offered.  One will be offered to a student entering year 9 in 2018 and one will be offered to a student entering year 11 in 2018.  Each scholarship is for a total of two years and recipients receive funding of $5,000 per year (total of $10,000).  In addition to financial support, each scholarship recipient will be provided with access to the GO Foundation’s support and mentoring services.  

 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 the scholarship term, 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 


  •  Attends a NSW Public School 
  • Currently in Year 8 or Year 10 
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander 
  • Australian citizen or permanent resident 


  •  An aspiration to do well at school and be able to demonstrate that the scholarship will make a significant contribution to fulfilling those aspirations 
  • A positive attitude towards school and high attendance rates 
  • Experience of financial hardship that may prevent the student from successfully completing their studies 
  • Evidence that the student is an active participant in school life and the community, in both curricular and extra-curricular activities, will be considered favourably 
  • Evidence or testimony of high potential from the School Principal  
  • Agreement 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 GO Foundation 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 a GO–J.B Fairfax Scholarship, students 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 

A recent photo of yourself 

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 both 
  • 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 outlining why you, the applicant, is a suitable candidate for this scholarship and how you meet each of the selection criteria.  (maximum 400 words) 
  • A copy of all pages of your most recent school report ready to upload   
  • A copy of your most recent NAPLAN results ready to upload 
  • A personal reference from a member of the community (PDF or Word format, maximum 400 words) 
  • A reference from your Principal (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. 

Draft Paper Application Form 

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 following statements may be uploaded as handwritten documents if required: 

  • Personal reference from community member 
  • Signed Terms and Conditions 

Please make sure they are legible. 

If you require a 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 17 October 2017. 


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

 We also encourage you to visit our website to learn more about the Public Education Foundation and the work that we do – 

 For further information about the GO Foundation please visit 


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