Max Redbend – Scholarship holder through to TAFE. Primary Industry World Skills – NSW Champion
BCEF Rural Boarding Bursaries are structured to bridge the gap between the cost of rural boarding and funding received through NSW and Commonwealth Governments allowances. These include Assistance for Isolated Children (AIC – Federal) and/or the Living Away From Home Allowance (LAFHA – NSW), the Assistance for Isolated Students (AIS – Federal), Youth Allowance and Boarding Scholarship for Isolated Students (BSIS – NSW), the latter applying only to Agricultural High Schools.
Details of these may be found on their websites …
Assistance for Isolated Students – AIS
Boarding Scholarship for Isolated Students (BSIS)
The principal type of assistance for secondary rural school students is:
Rural Boarding Bursaries
Our secondary rural boarding bursary is designed to assist economically disadvantaged and geographically isolated students schooled (but not necessarily living) within rural NSW. It assists with bridging the gap between the cost of rural boarding and funding received. Families with children who weekly or full-time board at a rural school, boarding facility or live with a family member are eligible to apply.
Our bursary is awarded for one year and is currently available up to a maximum of $2,000 depending on need. Payments are made directly to the school. Applicants must reapply each year.
The predominant criterion is need, as evidenced by:
• Geographic isolation from schools and services.
• Disadvantaged by a low family income.
• Applications will only be considered if you supply the following supporting documentation:
– ATO Tax Assessment Notices for the household for year ending 30 June 2020, when applying for a 2021 bursary. The notice/s must be forwarded with the
– Proof of AIC and/or LAFHA allowances.
• Other special and exceptional circumstances including medical cases.
• Students from remote border areas (VIC, SA and QLD) may apply but must attend a rural school in NSW.
All applicants must declare to the Foundation the allowances they are eligible to receive from all sources. Bursaries and scholarships are only available for attendance at schools and hostels in rural NSW.
All bursaries are granted at the absolute discretion of the Board of Directors and may be adjusted or withdrawn if the circumstances of the recipients change.
Applications for Rural Boarding Bursaries for 2021 must be made on the 221 Application Form. It is now available for DOWNLOAD (CLICK BUTTON BELOW). You may also request a posted copy by emailing email@example.com (please provide your full name and address).
The Bush Children’s Education Foundation supports three scholarships to a total annual value of $9,000. The scholarships are administered by the Charles Sturt University Foundation Trust. The selection process is conducted by a panel of BCEF Directors.
Our successful candidates have come from small Central Schools located in areas previously affected by drought. During their schooling they have made outstanding contributions to their communities in areas of volunteer Bush Fire Brigades, church, school and shire youth programs.
Applications should be made directly to the Charles Sturt University.
Details of how to apply may be found at CHARLES STURT FOUNDATION
Applicants should come from remote areas of NSW and be intending to work after graduation in a country area. Preference will be given to students experiencing financial hardship. The course being studied should be relevant to a rural context and applicants should be able to demonstrate a strong empathy with rural communities, as well as a record of academic achievement.The scholarship of $3,000 per annum will be offered for a three year period, provided that required academic performance is maintained.
Directors Jenetta Russell, Hon Duncan Gay, Richard Dougan and Margaret Malone present Pat Gaudry (centre) with the CSU Certificate of Support
BCEF Chair Richard Dougan and Hon Duncan Gay present Mrs Jenny Pockley and her daughter Fiona with the CSU Certificate of Support
2021 Application Form
Secondary Rural Boarding Bursaries for Isolated, Remote Area Students
Please note your application will not be considered unless you have the following supporting documentation:
• ATO Tax Assessment Notice for year ending 30 June 2020. The notice/s must be forwarded with the application form.
• Proof of AIC and/or LAFHA allowances, must be forwarded with the application form.
The 2021 Application is due by Friday, 26 February 2021. Your choice to submit the form is as follows:
1. Print the PDF, fill in (with signature), attach necessary documentation and post to noted address.
2. Print the PDF, fill in (with signature), include necessary documentation, scan and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Open the PDF and following these instructions:
• Open PDF.
• File Save As – SchoolName21Surname (eg Yanko21Malone). If you have more than one child add their Christian initial after their surname.
• Signature must be included.
• Send the saved document to email@example.com
• Attach your supporting documents or send them under separate email if you find it easier. They must be scanned, no photos will be acceptable.
Please call Isabel on 0412 879 236 if you need assistance in using the PDF.
Applications must be received by Friday, 26 February 2021.
Late applications cannot be processed due to the timing of the selection panel meetings.