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#Challengeaccepted: financial assistance via the 2021 CEF Scholarships Guide

By September 1, 2020No Comments


Country Education Foundation of Australia (CEF) is excited to launch the CEF 2021 Scholarships Guide as a community education resource, highlighting thousands of dollars’ worth of scholarships now available for young, rural and regional students.

Nearly 1,500 scholarships, grants and bursaries are available on the digital resource, which aims to assist country Australians further their education.

This purpose-built online scholarship search platform includes an interactive personality quiz to assist with career choices. It offers student voices answering ‘why apply?’, as well as tips and tricks for applying successfully.

The COVID-19 pandemic, drought and bushfires have taken a significant toll on Year 11 and 12 students which is why the theme to this year’s Guide ‘#challengeaccepted’. The Guide will broaden student aspirations and assist them in navigating a way forward through education.

CEF CEO, Juliet Petersen says “This user-friendly Scholarships Guide encourages a sense of aspiration in young people from rural and regional Australia. It is a demanding time for students right now. In this Guide, we remind them that there is financial support, there are opportunities and there are places at universities and colleges across Australia, waiting for their applications.”

“We’re thrilled to have Griffith University on board as the major sponsor of this year’s Scholarships Guide. CEF has enjoyed a long standing partnership with the institution and our students attending Griffith University are always great representatives of rural and regional Australia.”

Emily Wooding received a grant from CEF Orange and Districts, a University of Sydney-CEF Scholarship and an accommodation scholarship through Wesley College. She says, “During the end of Year 12 I looked into different avenues for financial assistance such as university scholarships, residential scholarships and foundations such as CEF to aid me moving away from home to study. The application process was quite rigorous, however it was definitely worth it in the end and I would encourage any other student to search the CEF Scholarships Guide and apply.”

The 2021 Scholarships Guide is available to search now at, where you can read Emily’s full blog about her experiences applying for scholarships.


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