May 22, 2017:

Sarah Reeves is ready to do her bit for gender equity after receiving a scholarship to help her pursue a career in trades or technology.

The Year 11 Parkes High School student was awarded the Trades and Technology Opportunity Scholarship at the Proudly Public! Celebrating Excellence in Public Schools’ awards night at Sydney Town Hall on Wednesday.

Her scholarship encourages senior students to pursue a career in trades or technology.

Department of Education secretary Mark Scott said Sarah received one of almost 280 scholarships from the Public Education Foundation and one of three Western NSW students selected.

“What’s particularly notable is how the individual efforts of these exceptional students and educators combine to create the extraordinary outcomes that our public education system delivers year in, year out,” Mr Scott said.

“The annual awards of the Foundation are a timely reminder of the important role philanthropy plays in Australian society and the life-changing contribution it can make through education.”

Sarah, who is the daughter of Ken and Linda Reeves, was very excited about the announcement.

She was unable to attend the ceremony, but General Manager of the Public Education Foundation Michelle Stanhope will travel to Parkes on June 23 to present the scholarship to Sarah during a school assembly.

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.

Among the event’s sponsors are the NSW Teachers Federation and NSW Department of Education.

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