Refugee students to receive scholarships
Twelve senior NSW public school students will be awarded the prestigious Friends of Zainab Scholarship to help support them through the crucial years of the Higher School Certificate.
The scholarships will be awarded on 21 February 2012 by the Public Education Foundation to students from refugee backgrounds, many who have had limited schooling before arriving in Australia.
The winning students have demonstrated strong academic success and a positive attitude to completing their education.
The scholarships, now in their tenth year, were established in 2002 by Dorothy Hoddinott, the principal of Holroyd High School to support refugee students.
2012 is the first year that Friends of Zainab scholarships have been offered state wide to all public high school students.
Each student receives a scholarship of $1,000 that is available to them in each of Years 11 and 12. For Year 12 students about to enter tertiary education, a scholarship of $2,000 is paid for each of the first two years of their full-time university study.
"All 12 award winners have battled considerable odds to get where they are today," said Verity Firth, Chief Executive of the Public Education Foundation.
"They have shown enormous courage and determination in seeking a better life in Australia, and their stories show the life-changing power of education."
The Awards will be presented by Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Governor of New South Wales at Parliament House in Sydney.