The Public Education Foundation’s Malala Yousafzai Scholarship supports hard-working students in the middle years of secondary school who have a strong belief in the power of education to change lives. In particular, the scholarship targets students whose circumstances are such that the scholarship can make a significant contribution to helping them to successfully complete their schooling.

Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani school girl, won Pakistan’s National Peace Award in 2011 and was nominated for the prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize.  In October 2012 Malala Yousafzai was the victim of a murder attempt for daring to promote the rights of girls to attend school.  As an outspoken supporter for girls’ education and rights, she has been an inspiration to Pakistani students and young people the world over. In 2014, at the age of 17, she was announced as the co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle and advocacy for the right of all children to education.

The scholarship includes an annual bursary of $2,000 in Years 9 and 10 to assist with resources relevant to improving their education outcomes.

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 public school before the end of Year 10, 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 or ACT Public School
  • Currently in Year 8
  • Australian citizen or permanent resident


  • Appreciation of the value of education and the role education can play in empowering people and contributing to social cohesion
  • Potential to do well at school and be able to demonstrate that the scholarship will make a significant contribution to reaching that potential
  • 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 academic 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 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, donor representative 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.


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


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

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