Prestigious Education Scholarships Awarded to Coffs Coast Students
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Kingston Dylan from Woolgoolga Public School was one of three North Coast students who received scholarships at the 2024 ‘Proudly Public!’ awards night recently held at Sydney Town Hall.

Kingston was awarded the Waratah Education Foundation Primary Scholarship and was among more than 300 public school students and educators from across Australia to receive scholarships administered by the Public Education Foundation (PEF) in 2024. Since the launch of PEF’s scholarships program in 2009, 3,218 students and more than 120 educators have been supported with over $10 million in life-changing scholarships.

Public Education Foundation (PEF) CEO David Riordan emphasized that the awards celebrated scholarships with 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.”

Kingston Dylan expressed gratitude for the opportunities provided by school scholarships. “It feels great to have won something,” he said. “I have had the chance to purchase something (a laptop) that we couldn’t afford, and I can now use it to help me learn at home.”

Kerry Mallett, Assistant Principal at Woolgoolga Public School, praised Kingston’s academic interests and ambitions. “Kingston shows particular interest and curiosity in the fields of mathematics and science, which will benefit him greatly in the pursuit of his ambition to be a veterinarian,” Mallett said. “He approaches everything he does in a pragmatic, no-nonsense way, displaying maturity beyond his age.”

“The scholarship has helped promote a more positive, self-confident, and hopeful belief within Kingston and in his educational future and has made a significant and positive impact on Kingston and his family,” Mallett added.

In addition to Kingston, three Coffs Coast apprentices were also awarded scholarships to support the completion of their trades and contribute to the skilled workforce. Mikyla Croft (beauty therapy), Nathan Delaney (aircraft surface refinishing), and Trinity Kachel (cabinet-making) received Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships, named in honor of the late Bert Evans AO, a passionate advocate of vocational education for more than 30 years.

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