Students win life-changing scholarship

FIVE Merrylands High School students have received life-changing scholarships at the 2024 Proudly Public! Awards night at Sydney Town Hall last Friday night.

They are among more than 300 public school students and educators from across Australia to receive scholarships administered by the Public Education Foundation in 2024.
Merrylands High award winners are Tiamana Kaio (Waratah Education Foundation Secondary Transition scholarship), Brandon Dempsey (Aboriginal Education Council scholarship), Ghulam Abas Kazemi and Fatimah Rezai (Friends of Zainab Senior Secondary scholarship), and Josephine Wiredu (National Tertiary Public Education Foundation scholarship).
Tiamano said: “The scholarship will ease financial pressure so I can achieve school outcomes to the best of my ability”, while Ghulam said: “I am proud of this achievement as the scholarship will help me pursue opportunities and push me to achieve my dreams.”
Relieving Head Teacher Teaching and Learning at Merrylands High and scholarship organiser, Rob Viuya said being an advocate for students was one of the reasons why he loved teaching.
“The students are well deserving and will benefit the wider community in a range of different contexts,” he said.
Department of Education Secretary Murat Dizdar said the scholarships would be a game changer for many students.
“Our world-class public education system empowers our students and can be an equaliser within our society – that’s why these scholarships are so important to our students who face disadvantage,” he said.
“I am proud of our students who have won scholarships and I look forward to seeing the scholarship recipients go on to achieve outstanding educational outcomes.”