The Susan & Isaac Wakil Foundation Scholarship

These scholarships seek to support and grant access to students who have enthusiasm for and ambition in a field they otherwise might be prevented from entering into, due to disadvantage or prohibitive costs.  The scholarships provide financial assistance to high potential students in Year 12 who intend to continue studying either at TAFE or University after finishing their Higher School Certificate.

The scholarships are an initiative of the Susan & Isaac Wakil Foundation, which seeks to provide a gateway for those facing disadvantage to gain skills in areas of shortage, to be granted support for ambitions, to innovate and contribute to existing trade fields and to enter into professions in demand.

The scholarships will provide students with financial assistance to transition into and progress through post-school education e.g. University bachelor degree, TAFE accredited apprenticeship or a TAFE Advanced Diploma.  In 2018 the focus will be towards supporting students who have expressed an intention to study in the vocational fields identified as having skills shortages and demand including but not limited to:

  • Childcare and Early Childhood Education
  • Electrical Trades
  • Construction Trades including Plumbing, Carpentry and Joinery
  • Surveying
  • Food Trades
  • Hairdressing
  • Automotive Trades

Each scholarship offered in 2018 consists of an annual payment provided at the commencement of each academic year (up to a maximum of 3 years). For students relocating from a rural or remote area, an additional one-off payment will be provided to assist with initial relocation expenses.

The value of the scholarship offered to successful students will be based on their geographic location, personal circumstances and choice of post-school education.

The scholarship is intended to cover educational expenses such as:

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

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 or TAFE education, 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

Basic Eligibility

  • Attends a NSW Public School
  • Currently in Year 12
  • Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Commitment to studying a tertiary or TAFE course as a full-time student in 2018

Selection Criteria

  • Potential to do well at TAFE / University and able to demonstrate that the scholarship will make a significant contribution to reaching that potential
  • Experiencing financial hardship that may prevent the student from successfully transitioning to post-school education
  • If applying for the rural scholarship, the student’s need for financial assistance in order to relocate to take up an offer of a university or TAFE place
  • 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 from the School Principal of high potential

Selection Process

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 funding partner 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 Susan & Isaac Wakil Foundation Scholarship, students can access the link to the online portal on our scholarships page .

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
  • Your University/TAFE course preferences including name of institution, name of degree/course and course fees (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. Please also outline your academic plan.  (maximum 400 words)
  • A copy of your most recent school report ready to upload (PDF or word format)
  • A personal reference (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 vital 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.

Submitting Your Application

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 16 October 2017. 

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

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