15 May 2019

This evening the Public Education Foundation (PEF) will celebrate the achievements of students, teachers and principals in public schools across Australia at the Annual Proudly Public Awards Ceremony at Sydney Town Hall.

Since the inception of PEF’s scholarships program 10 years ago, over 1,000 students have been supported with life-changing scholarships. At the 2019 Proudly Public Awards Ceremony we will recognise our 1000th scholar, Daniel Lahood from Ashfield Boys High.  Daniel is a recipient of the 2019 Union NSW Jeff Shaw Memorial Scholarship.

“When I reflect on the life of The Hon Jeff Shaw, it is an inspiration to me as I feel we both represent very similar values, especially as staunch defenders and advocates for public education in NSW,” Daniel Lahood said.  “The opportunities I have been given at Ashfield Boys High School to assist me in following my dream career paths of law and politics is more than I have ever could have asked for.”

This year PEF will have disbursed over $3 million in scholarship funding, with over 180 new scholarships awarded this year.  With the support of generous donors and partners, each year the scholarship program has expanded to meet the educational needs of students facing disadvantage and to recognise excellence in our public schools.

The Secretary of the Department of Education, Mark Scott, thanked the Public Education Foundation for its ongoing support of public education in NSW.

“These scholarships are about recognising and rewarding student excellence to encourage high-achieving students to continue to maximise their potential,” Mr Scott said.

“I congratulate our students, teachers and leaders who have won scholarships – it is their efforts that combine to create the extraordinary public education system we have in NSW.”

David Hetherington, PEF executive director, said the awards were about celebrating “enduring values of our public education system, a system that provides the greatest of all opportunities for young people to succeed in life”.

“It has been an enormous privilege to work with so many inspiring students and educators who recognise the transformational power of education,” Mr Hetherington said.

A full list of 2019 Scholarship Recipients can be found here.

 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. We would like to thank our premium partners whose support allows us to host this event each year and award increasing numbers of scholarships: NSW Teachers Federation, Teachers Health, First State Super and Teachers Mutual Bank.  


For more information please contact: Melanie Morrison, Public Education Foundation

Tel: 0401 996 451 I Email: melanie@publiceducationfoundation.org.au

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