The Public Education Foundation Harvard Club of Australia (HCA) Education Scholarship enables three outstanding principals, from Australian government primary and secondary schools, to undertake a short professional educational program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The program is specifically designed to strengthen the skills of educational leaders at a strategic point in their career development.

The success of this program provided HCA with the impetus to bring Harvard to Australia, in January 2020 in Sydney, for the first Leadership for School Excellence Program. This inaugural program awarded 56 scholarships to Australian government school leaders, from less advantaged and regional communities around Australia, to participate in the program.

David Gonski challenged the HCA at its 2012 AGM to ‘help put principals on a pedestal’. In 2013, with funding from the Origin Foundation, HCA partnered with the Public Education Foundation (PEF) to create scholarships for government school principals in Australia, enabling them to attend a week-long professional development program at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Over the past five years, The Public Education Foundation, Teachers Mutual Bank and HCA has supported 27 public school principals from around Australia to attend the leadership program at Harvard.

All Australian government school principals (with 3-10 years experience) are eligible to apply.

Scholarship Value
Each scholarship is valued at A$16,000 and includes tuition, travel and accommodation.

Funding Source
The scholarships are funded by the Public Education Foundation, Teachers Mutual Bank and the HCA Foundation. Typically, 3 scholarship are awarded each year.

Applications open in January each year. The selectors meet in April and the winners are announced by the PEF in May. The course is held in July each year at Harvard University.

Partnership Organisations
Public Education Foundation and Teachers Mutual Bank.

The Public Education Foundation works in collaboration with the schools, communities, business and both the state and federal governments to provide equity and excellence scholarships for students and educators in public education.

Teachers Mutual Bank provides key financial services to Australian educators. TMB is one of Australia’s largest mutual banks with over 193,000 members and $6.9 billion in assets.

Selection Process
The selection process is managed by the Public Education Foundation. Volunteers from HCA serve as selectors. The current lead selector for Harvard Club is Ricky Campbell-Allen (EDM’10 and the RG Menzies scholar of 2009).

Further information and contact details
For further information about the Education Scholarships, please contact the Public Education Foundation

P:  02 7814 2806
E:  info@publiceducation.org.au
Harvard Club of Australia contact: Ricky Campbell-Allen

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