The Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) is a proud initiative of Sydney Catholic Schools, providing eligible* families with school fee support, to attend one of our 150 primary or secondary schools in the Sydney Archdiocese. *based on criteria
School fee support is provided via our bursary program. A bursary from the Catholic Education Foundation can cover some of the cost of school fees and other charges, with the family paying a co-contribution, once a criteria assessment has been completed.
You will need to request an application form from the Sydney Catholic school you wish for your child/ren to attend. Once you complete an application form and provide supporting documentation for your assessment, you will then need to return this application form to the principal of the Sydney Catholic school you obtained it from.
Please note, the Catholic Education Foundation Bursary Program is open to students enrolled in the Catholic school system in the Archdiocese of Sydney. Students attending independent private or congregational Catholic schools in Sydney are ineligible to apply for a Catholic Education Foundation Bursary, however we encourage you to contact your school directly.
CEF Year 12 Social Justice & Excellence in Learning Award
Each Secondary College is invited to nominate a Year 12 Recipient for this
award in Term 3. The award will be presented at their College Awards
Presentation in that term by either a Sydney Catholic Schools Staff member
or a College representative.
Schools can nominate a student via the CEF Nomination Form which lists the below criteria. All
nominations need to be submitted to the CEF by the due date.
Preferably be Catholic and have a connection to their faith
Have a character which displays empathy and compassion
Lead by example, be an independent thinker and not swayed by peer group
Stand up for what they believe in
Set a good example to peers and school communities
Have a consistent approach to their studies
Go beyond with a Community, Parish or Youth group
Display a personal learning excellence
Does not necessarily have to be a university bound student
Have a real commitment to studies without being concerned about their
Demonstrate achievement as well as growth
Be actively involved in Social Justice activities
Have a real passion for and advocate for a cause
Educate the community with fundraising
Be involved in a Social Justice program connected to the Catholic faith
Significant outreach to the marginalised or a cause (Environmental project or community service)
Engage in what the school offers with outreach and be about the school commitment
CEF Teaching Scholarship
This scholarship has been introduced to support ten Year 12 students and partially provide financial support for a Year 12 student to attend ACU Strathfield or Notre Dame Sydney Campus to undertake a Teaching degree. The amount will be $2k per year paid at the end of each semester provided the student attains a Pass or better in each subject.
This Scholarship is offered to selected schools within Sydney Catholic Schools. The student completes an application form and the College Principal recommends and supports the application. The application is emailed with the student’s current Year 12 report to the CEF by the closing date.