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Hastings Education Fund

Updated: Aug 9, 2021

The Hastings Education Fund was established to provide much needed financial assistance and support to local youth to help them achieve their post high school education, training and vocational aspirations.

Hastings Education Fund recognises that the cost of regional students pursuing their post high school goals is often much greater than those of their metropolitan counterparts and that sometimes these costs can be prohibitive.

This year's HEF Student grant recipients
This year's HEF Student grant recipients

With this in mind, the Hastings Education Fund raises funds throughout the year and accepts donations from local residents and businesses in order to provide financial grants to students who need an extra helping hand.

The funds come directly from your local community – none of it is government funded – celebrating the aspirations of local youth and working to help them achieve these aspirations.

It’s their way of saying “we believe in you and want to support your goals.”


Vibrant and thriving rural and regional communities where youth of any background or ability can access the services and resources they need in order to fulfill their personal potential and contribute fully to the communities in which they live and the broader society.


To promote and enable the further education, career and personal development opportunities for rural youth, through community-based encouragement and financial assistance. To help close the participation gap which exists between country and city students.

HEF Chair Jim O'Brien pictured with major HEF sponsors Kaye & John Burman, Leslie Williams MP and Hastings Secondary College Principal Meaghan Cook.

HEF Chair Jim O'Brien pictured with major HEF sponsors Kaye & John Burman,

Leslie Williams MP and Hastings Secondary College Principal Meaghan Cook.

Matthew McCarron CEO of major HEF sponsor Lewis Land Group/Sovereign Hills pictured with HEF Chair Jim O'Brien

Matthew McCarron CEO of major HEF sponsor Lewis Land Group/Sovereign Hills

pictured with HEF Chair Jim O'Brien


Ongoing Scholarships

Hastings Education Fund provides two additional scholarships which provide $5,000 per annum for up to three years to two tertiary students who, in the previous year, received a HEF Commencing Grant. The scholarships operate in the same way as the HEF grant, i.e. reimbursement for validated educational expenses. Continuation of the scholarship in subsequent years depends on successful completion of each year of studies.

Essential selection criteria are the demonstration of:

  • continuing financial need including details of government support and other grants/scholarships received

  • successful completion of year 1 of their tertiary studies; and commitment to completion of their tertiary studies.

To be considered to receive either of these Scholarships for Continuing Education you must:

  • submit an application through the CEF website. Applications are open from 26th October – 14th November. This is the same process as your initial application for a HEF grant. Choose “Yes have applied before”, complete the relevant details and indicate in the ‘Supporting Statement’ section, which scholarship/s you are applying for

  • participate in an interview (personal or online) with the scholarship sponsors and members of the HEF Committee (specific date to be confirmed during the week beginning 23 November)

  • attend the HEF Presentation Ceremony in December 2020

  • Your application will be strengthened by the inclusion of evidence to support your financial and circumstantial need, your commitment to your chosen academic pathway and your current performance. Evidence may include financial statements, academic transcripts, references and a record of your successful transition to tertiary education in 2020.

Responsibilities of the scholarship recipient are:

  • completion of a twice-yearly report for HEF on your progress including an academic transcript

  • identification of how the grant has assisted you in achieving your goals for each semester

  • participation in the selection of the scholarship recipient for the following year

Kay and John Burman Scholarship for continuing education

The scholarship sponsors, Kay and John Burman, wish to develop a positive and supportive relationship with the recipient in addition to the financial support. Their interest in the success and progress of the recipient is not only in providing funding, but also on a more personal level.

You are asked to provide a short non-financial progress report directly to the sponsors twice each year to let them know how you are going. Your initiative and commitment is expected. Soon after the scholarship is confirmed, the sponsors and the recipient will meet to discuss how they will communicate during the year.

APPLY NOW and select ‘Hastings’

or for further information, please contact

Lewis Land Group Scholarship for continuing education

Preference will be given to tertiary students undertaking studies in a relevant subject, including property, construction, engineering, business, finance, law and/or communications. As part of the scholarship, Lewis Land Group will also seek to provide the successful candidate with the opportunity to undertake paid work experience that is relevant to their field of study at one of their businesses located in Port Macquarie, Sydney, Adelaide and/or the Gold Coast.

APPLY NOW and select “Hastings’ or for further information, please contact

The Hastings Ed

ucation Fund supports a diverse range of education and career pursuits including apprenticeships, traineeships, cadetships, degrees, diplomas and certificate level studies or entry careers. They do not provide cash grants directly to the recipients – the local foundation reimburses the student for a pre-agreed expense or pays the goods and services providers directly.

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CEF relies on donations and the generosity of individuals and like-minded corporations. They do not receive any government funding and can proudly claim that they are run by a committed group of family, friends and community.

There are a number of ways that you can help CEF.

Go to for more information.

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