Early morning NSW Farm
Sheep farm kids helping
morning farm hay bales
Early morning NSW Farm
'Supporting isolated and economically disadvantaged young people in the bush'
The Bush Children's Education Foundation was founded more than 50 years ago, and over that time we have helped thousands of families living in remote and inaccessible areas of the bush to gain access to educational opportunities for their children and help them to achieve their career goals.
Families out in the bush face extreme climatic conditions, extensive droughts and difficult economic and market conditions...so we are here to help them by supporting their educational needs for their children out in the bush, helping send them to School and giving them the opportunities to achieve their dreams and in doing so .... keeping people and skills in the bush.
"It has been both hard emotionally and financially due to the drought. Your assistance is very much appreciated".
- Parent of child to BCEF recipient
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Alex Farquhar comes from Manilla near Tamworth and attended Calrossy Anglican School. He is currently studying Vet Science at Charles Sturt University at Wagga Wagga.
Ellie West was awarded our BCEF Scholarship in 2019 and is now studying at Charles Sturt University in Early Childhood and Primary Teaching at CSU Bathurst.
Cara Earlam is from Country NSW and was one of our BCEF Scholarship recipients in 2018. Cara is currently studying Veterinary Science at CSU and is averaging a Distinction grade. Cara is so grateful for everything that BCEF has done to help her during these years.
Maddy comes from Numbla Vale in NSW and was awarded a bursary due to her family suffering extreme drought, financially finding it hard.
Rural NSW Boarding Schools where we support bursaries
We are happy to support students studying at all Rural Boarding Schools in NSW and are currently supporting students at:
Calrossy Anglican School, Tamworth
Farrer Memorial High School, Calala
Kildare Catholic School, Wagga Wagga
Kinross Walaroi School, Orange
Mater Dei Catholic College, Wagga Wagga
Presbyterian Ladies College, Armidale
Red Bend Catholic College, Forbes
Scots All Saints College, Bathurst
Snowy Mountains Grammar School, Jindabyne
Saint Francis de Sales Regional College
Saint Paul's College, Walla Walla
St Stanislaus' College, Bathurst
The Armidale School, Armidale
Yanco Agricultural High School, Yanco
Listen to a PODCAST about the Bush Children's Education Foundation on 2GB!
Macquarie Broadcasting (2GB) Podcast, “The Weekend Edition – Further Afield” – Richard Dougan, Chair of Bush interviewed by Natalie Peters & Matt Wilton, 14th December, 2019.
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Students BCEF has assisted since 1965
Estimate for Scholarships & Bursaries
Alana Cocking our 2021 BCEF Scholarship Recipient at CSU!
We are currently supporting five Scholarships at Charles Sturt University with three students studying Veterinary Science at the Wagga Wagga Campus, and two students studying Early Childhood and Primary Teaching at the Dubbo and Bathurst campuses. Our scholars perform very well with high Grade Point Averages.
did you KNOW?
A recent survey conducted by the Isolated Children's Parents' Association of NSW that:
of families are struggling with the enormity of drought, fire and floods which impacts their ability to support their children's education.
of families are already on boarding school payment plans, increasing overdrafts, borrowing from family or working second jobs.
of secondary students are not participating in extracurricular school activities.
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Who Supports us!
Her Excellency The Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC is our Patron. Her Excellency expressed her keen desire to help the Foundation in its efforts to support young people in the Bush. We greatly appreciate her support.