Yeoval's Chayanne Bunning was recently the recipient of a prestigious scholarship that aims to encourage students to maximise their potential.
She, along with nine other students in the Western NSW area, attended the Proudly Public! Celebrating Excellence in Public Schools awards night at Sydney Town Hall on May 15.
Chayanne was presented with her scholarship from the Harding Miller Education Foundation.
The Year 9 Yeoval student said The Harding Miller scholarship will help her achieve her academic goals.
"I want to professionally achieve a degree in an area of performing arts or sports medicine. I demonstrate my high academic achievement by helping other peers in my class," Chayanne said.
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The scholarship entitles the Chayanne to a laptop, internet access, funds for other equipment and access to tutoring and mentoring.
"Chayanne received this after being successful in a rigorous selection process where about 70 Year 9 girls were chosen from over 160 applicants," Yeoval Central School Principal Nicole Bliss said.
The scholarships are part of the Public Education Foundation (PEF) national awards.
Since the launch of the PEF's scholarships program 10 years ago, more than 1000 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 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."