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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
2018 CEF Alumni Awards

It's time to celebrate our amazing alumni and we need your help! Nominate someone you know has been supported by CEF sometime in the past 25 years for our inaugural CEF Alumni Awards. It's quick and easy, just tell us why you think they (or you ... yes you can even nominate yourself!) are a worthy recipient.

2018 CEF Alumni Awards Categories

CEF Alumnus of the Year – someone who has achieved on a regional, national or even international stage, showing excellence in character and leadership and demonstrating high achievement

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

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


  • Nominees must have received a grant or scholarship through CEF or one of its local foundations
  • Nominees will be required to be registered with Alumni Reconnect – this can be done post nomination
  • Nominations close 31 October 2018
  • Please note: By providing this nomination, you are consenting to the use of some or all parts of the nomination in subsequent marketing and promotional materials.
Nominate Now!

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