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Changing the narrative

Andrew Penfold speaks to The Deal about what AIEF is doing to change the narrative from Indigenous disadvantage to success.

Foundation lights up new horizons

The Australian announces AIEF's 2016 outcomes and speaks to one of the 97 graduates who made up the AIEF class of 2016.


In February 2017 AIEF established a QLD team to support the state’s large cohort of AIEF Scholarship Students and Graduates, who previously received support from the AIEF team in Sydney.

Young hopefuls take dreams to capital

Madison is one of 14 AIEF students taking part in the WEX program, which brings young Indigenous Australians to Canberra to see how government works and see themselves as future leaders of our nation.

Indigenous students find a strong foundation for success

Scholarship graduate and law student Jerone Wills speaks to The Weekend Australian about his journey from Palmerston to study in Brisbane and a second internship with HSBC.

The Australian – Hard-headed approach is needed to close the gap

The ninth Closing the Gap report reveals that only one of the seven Closing the Gap targets – Year 12 attainment – is on track to halve the gap by 2020. An editorial in The Australian following the release of the report calls on the government to back programs that produce proven results and highlights the success of AIEF students and graduates.

How education can unleash potential and produce transformative outcomes

AIEF General Manager, Strategy and Policy, Renée Coffey discusses the power of education to change the course of a young person’s life at TEDx Ipswich.

World was waiting for Jakheen

The Weekend Australian speaks to AIEF-BHP Billiton Scholarship Student Jakheen Coaby and his mentor Rob Carruthers from BHP Billiton.

The skills to change a nation

AIEF Executive Director Andrew Penfold AM is featured in the Freshfields Alumni newsletter, a publication distributed over 10,000 people globally. Andrew worked at Freshfields in London from 1991-1992 and in Hong Kong from 1995-1996.

Scholars’ vow: We will be astonishing

Speaking from the AIEF Year 12 Graduation ceremony in Brisbane, students Jamika and Kobe told The Weekend Australian they were determined to use their education to give back to their communities.

FGX donates to provide more Indigenous scholarships

The Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) is a beneficiary of a total $2.29 million donation to Australian charities for the 2016 financial year by the Future Generation Investment Company (FGX).

Talk must lead to action

Speech by 2011 graduate Jemmason Power at an event to launch News Corp Australia's Reconciliation Action Plan in Brisbane.

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The encouragement and leadership provided by AIEF and its visionary establishment in 2008 has been a great investment in our nation.

Professor The Hon Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO
Patron, AIEF


The AIEF Scholarship Program and the AIEF Pathways Program are supported by the Australian Government in collaboration with individual, philanthropic and corporate supporters from the private sector.