The Public Education Foundation’s Agnes Borsody Scholarship helps support female students with a refugee background through critical high school years at a selective public high school.

The scholarship was established in 2017 in memory of Agnes Borsody.  Agnes arrived in Australia as a refugee in 1957 and attended North Sydney Girls High School.  Agnes gained degrees in psychology and law, before embarking on a successful career sitting on legal tribunals in NSW and Victoria, including the Social Security Appeals Tribunal, Veterans’ Review Board and the Refugee Review Tribunal.

In 2018, 5 scholarships are available for students enrolled in Years 7-10 at a NSW public selective high school, or in a selective stream of a partially selective NSW school. Each scholarship consists of a bursary of $4,000 per year for two years (total $8,000).

The scholarship is to cover educational expenses such as:

  • Face-To-Face Tutoring or Online Tutoring
  • Uniforms and equipment
  • Stationery and books
  • Laptop
  • Excursions and camps

If a student leaves a selective public high school before completion of the scholarship period, 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


  • Attends a NSW public selective high school or a selective stream at a partially selective NSW high school (or accepted into one in 2018)
  • Currently in either Year 6, 7, 8 or 9
  • For Year 7 entry in a selective high school in 2018 applications are invited from students who hav either accepted an offer of placement in a selective high school or who are likely to be offered a place as they are high on a reserve list
  • A girl of refugee background (either personally or parents who were refugees)
  • Australian citizen or permanent resident


  • Have made academic progress at school and demonstrated motivation to achieve academically and professionally, including an intention to carry on to tertiary education
  • Have a positive attitude towards schooling
  • Be experiencing personal or socioeconomic disadvantage
  • Show evidence or testimony from the School Principal of high academic potential and reasonable belief that the scholarship will improve the applicant’s chance of successfully completing secondary education and contribute to success in tertiary studies
  • Agree to the terms and conditions of the scholarship.


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 and independent experts.  After considering all applications, the selection panel will recommend the selected applicants 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.



Apply for the Agnes Borsody Scholarship, via our online portal, where you will need to sign up for an account

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 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 all pages of your most recent school report ready to upload
  • 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 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.


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

Applicationmust be submitted by 11.59pm on Tuesday 17 October 2017


Email us or call the Public Education Foundation on 02 9266 8452

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