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'Supporting isolated and economically disadvantaged young people in the bush' 
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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 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.  

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From the Parent of child to BCEF recipient 

"It has been both hard emotionally and financially due to the drought.  Your assistance is very much appreciated"
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The Bush Children’s Education Foundation of NSW Inc. respectfully
acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which we work.

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Listen LIVE - Interview with ABC Radio, Julie Reynolds!

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Really.... I didn't know that?  



Bush Childrens Applicant Alex Farquhar

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.  

Cara Earlam Charles Sturt University



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. 



Ellie West Charles Sturt University

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. 



Maddy Kirshner Wagga Wagga, CSU Bathurst

Maddy comes from Numbla Vale in NSW and was awarded a bursary due to her family suffering extreme drought, financially finding it hard.

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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 


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We are currently supporting 12 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. 


Also this year we are supporting 2 NEW Medical degrees plus, 2 NEW Bachelor of Agriculture degrees at University of New England! 

Our scholars perform very well with high Grade Point Averages.

Congratulations to all our Students who are undertaking a Scholarship with us! 

did you KNOW? 

A recent survey conducted by the Isolated Children's Parents' Association of NSW that: 

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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!  

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Her Excellency The Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC

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.

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