Fri. Jun 14th, 2024

Nearly a dozen public school students in north-west NSW have received scholarships at the 2024 Proudly Public! Awards night at Sydney Town Hall on Thursday.

They are among more than 300 public school students and educators from across Australia to receive scholarships administered by the Public Education Foundation in 2024.

Since the launch of PEF’s scholarships program in 2009 3,218 students and more than 120 educators have been supported with more than $10 million in life-changing scholarships administered by the Foundation.

Local award winners include:

  • Shaherazad Mhe and Aala Adi from Drummond Memorial Public School – NSW Primary Principals Association Scholarships
  • Aidin Adi, Amis Jaralla, Hajim Hajim, Alan Shanibaqi and Arkan Navkhosh from Drummond Memorial Public School – Waratah Education Foundation Primary Scholarships
  • Blaze John Harrison from Inverell High School – Acacia Program Scholarship
  • Ruby Ellen Bamford from Lightning Ridge Central School – Waratah Education Foundation Primary Scholarship
  • Lirra Peters-Dennis from Walgett Community College – Andrew Casey Indigenous Scholarship
  • Youen Walford from Walgett Community College – Connected Communities Scholarship

NSW Department of Education Secretary Murat Dizdar said the scholarships could be a game changer for many students and change their life trajectory. 

“Our world-class public education system empowers our students and can be an equaliser within our society – that’s why these scholarships are so important to our students who face disadvantage,” Mr Dizdar said.

“Thank you to our staff who support student excellence and the Public Education Foundation for its ongoing support of public education in NSW.

“I am proud of our students, teachers and leaders who have won scholarships and I look forward to seeing the scholarship recipients go on to achieve outstanding educational outcomes.”

Public Education Foundation (PEF) CEO David Riordan further emphasised that the awards celebrated scholarships that had the potential to “change lives”.

“Proudly Public! celebrates the best and brightest students and educators in our public school system,” Mr Riordan said.

“We also want to acknowledge our premium partners and other generous and supportive partners and donors who assist us in providing more of these life-altering scholarships.”

The Public Education Foundation is a charity dedicated to enhancing the value and reputation of public education by providing scholarships to its students, teachers and principals.

For a full list of scholarship recipients visit: https://www.publiceducationfoundation.org.au/proudly-public-awards-ceremonies/.

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