The Country Education Foundation (CEF) helps rural and regional communities support their local school-leavers – and in doing so, to invest in the future of rural and regional Australia.
The disadvantage of distance
Young Australians in rural and remote areas are as bright and ambitious as those living in metropolitan centres. But when it comes to higher education and jobs, thousands of them are missing out.
The reality is that to shape a career or undertake further education these young Australians must often leave home, travel and live in or near metropolitan centres.
For many, the financial, emotional and social obstacles are just too great – and they are unable to relocate in order to take up further study or work.
Making a difference
This is where the CEF steps in. We are a national not-for-profit organisation which establishes and supports local education foundations across Australia – enabling them to raise funds for local youth to help them with their transition from high school into further education, training or jobs.
Starting with a single foundation in Boorowa in 1993 the CEF family has grown into a network of more than 40 education foundations operating in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and the Northern Territory.
We also partner with over 30 universities, corporate and philanthropic organisations across the country to leverage and increase the support we provide.
The CEF approach to locally-based fundraising, grants and support is a proven success.
Independent research shows that for every dollar invested in our work a return of $3.10 is created in social value – changing the lives of young Australians, their families and their communities.
Over 90 percent of our grant recipients go on to complete the course or training for which they are funded. By investing in these young people we are investing in their future and in the future of rural and regional Australia.
"By supporting the Country Education Foundation (CEF) you will be helping to provide life-changing opportunities for disadvantaged rural students – and supporting rural communities across Australia. The CEF has lifted the lives of many and in the process lifted the fabric of rural and regional communities across the nation."former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia,
"I send warm greetings to members of the Country Education Foundation... I am enormously proud of the work you do to encourage the personal growth and career development of students from country areas. You make an invaluable contribution to individual Australians national life."former Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia,
"The Yass Foundation played a significant role in assisting me with the costs of going to university. My text books cost me over $1000 every year. A big part of getting the grant is someone saying you are doing a good job, keep going... We are proud of you and you are making a difference."NSW grant recipient,
"I don't think that I would have been as successful at the course if not for the CEF. I still did a bit of part time work while I was at uni but the grant from the CEF just allowed me the flexibility to focus on study time and things like that. It definitely keeps you focused, knowing that the community’s putting the money towards you."NSW grant recipient,
"An education foundation is critical in a rural town like ours as the students face costs those in metropolitan areas don’t necessarily have when they can live at home to attend university, TAFE or work... It’s just that extra bit of help and support to get them off to uni or college."Qld foundation volunteer,