Received assistance from CEF?
We want to hear from you!

Since our inception 25 years ago, we have helped over 4000 rural and regional students with more than $8 million to achieve their education ambitions.

Our alumni are now working across the range of sectors including the professions, industry, government and as community leaders. All share an understanding of the importance of education and the desire to give back to their communities.

Our alumni are important to us

When you receive a CEF scholarship or grant, you automatically become a member of the CEF alumni family. Alumni membership is free and opens up a range of benefits from mentoring and networking opportunities to speaker events.

If you are a CEF alumni, please 'Reconnect Now' via the link below. Together, we can help inspire the next generation of the CEF family. We look forward to hearing from you!

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CEF offers so many opportunities outside of the monetary benefits, a network of support and a community who has your back.

Anna - Cootamundra

More than the financial support that it offered, receiving a CEF scholarship feels like a huge vote of confidence in you and your abilities.

Ceridwen - Yass

I'm proud to be part of the CEF alumni family

Anna - Cootamundra

The grant gave me self-confidence in my aspirations and a sense of responsibility to show CEF and my local foundation of Monaro that I would make them proud.

Chris - Monaro

I’m a great example of CEF giving people from all backgrounds and walks of life an opportunity to achieve more than they ever dreamed of.

James - Central Australia

It says ‘we believe in you’ – and that really counts at one of the most daunting times in a young life.

Ceridwen - Yass
Origin Foundation CEF Alumni Awards 2018

Nominations for the Origin Foundation CEF Alumni Awards for 2018 have now closed. We will be announcing our winners on Monday 19th November, so watch this space!

2018 Origin Foundation CEF Alumni Awards Categories

Origin Foundation CEF Alumnus of the Year – a past recipient (can be from any of our graduates from the past 25 years) who has achieved on a regional, national or even international stage, showing excellence in character and leadership and demonstrating high achievement

Origin Foundation CEF Young Achiever – a recent graduate who is a rising star in their field of choice

Origin Foundation CEF Community Alumni Champion – a recipient who has taken their knowledge back to a regional area to share and inspire

If you or someone you know is a past CEF recipient, make sure you you have filled out our Alumni Reconnect survey, and keep an eye out for some alumni member benefits coming soon!


If you have any questions or a great story to tell get in touch: or call 1300 652 144

Anna Ingold

More than just a monetary benefit

For ag scientist Anna Ingold, help from CEF has made all the difference. “It inspired me to be ambitious, created a supportive network and opened doors,” she says.

In 2010, CEF offered Anna a small grant that enabled the then 18-year-old to move from her home town of Cootamundra in southern NSW to Wagga Wagga to study Agricultural Science. The grant was made through CEF’s local foundation at Cootamundra, whose community-based members recognised Anna’s potential.

After being awarded her degree, Anna is now back in Cootamundra and working to give something back to the community that put its faith in her.

“CEF offers so many opportunities outside of the monetary benefits, it offers a network of support and a community who has your back. I’m proud to be part of the CEF alumni family.”

Anna Ingold, CEF Alumnus – Cootamundra 2010