Cowra High student Jade Blinman is one of 13 western region students to receive scholarships at the "Proudly Public!" Celebrating Excellence in Public Schools awards night at Sydney Town Hall on May 15.
Jade was among more than 131 public school students and educators from across NSW to receive scholarships as part of the Public Education Foundation national awards.
Jade has a number of in-school and extracurricular achievements that make her an excellent recipient of the scholarship, including participation at the Cowra Eisteddfod and as a Festival of International Understanding Youth Ambassador.
Since the launch of PEF's scholarships program 10 years ago, more than 1,000 students have been supported with life-changing scholarships.
During that decade the PEF has disbursed more than $3 million in scholarship funding.
The Secretary of the Department of Education, Mark Scott, thanked the Public Education Foundation for its ongoing support of public education in NSW.
He said the scholarships aimed to remove barriers to achievement created by social and economic disadvantage.
These scholarships are about recognising and rewarding student excellenceSecretary of the Department of Education, Mark Scott
"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.
The Public Education Foundation is a charity dedicated to enhancing the value and reputation of public education by providing life-changing scholarships to its students, teachers and principals.