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Refugee students education boosted by donation

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Law firm Slater and Gordon have today presented a $5000 donation to the Public Education Foundation’s ‘Friends of Zainab Scholarship’ program, which helps support year 11 and 12 refugee students through the critical years of their HSC, as well as full time university study.

Announcing the donation at a ceremony at Parliament House, Slater and Gordon Practice Group Leader, Roshana May, said the funds were vital to the scholarship continuing to support young refugees in high school and further education.

“Slater and Gordon are very proud to have made this donation to the Public Education Foundation. This fund has helped the scholarship program reach even more students and will give them financial security as they further their education,” Ms May said.

“The funds were raised through Slater and Gordon’s Staff Giving Program, an opportunity for lawyers and support staff to contribute money from their pay to support worthy causes, matched dollar for dollar by the firm.”

“Slater and Gordon prides itself on being a part of the community where we live and giving something back. So along with the legal work that we do, we are pleased to support programs such as this,” she said.

The Public Education Foundation’s Chief Executive, Verity Firth, thanked Slater and Gordon staff and said that the funds will help put a smile on many students’ faces.

“The number of refugee students supported through this scholarship depends on how many donations we receive each year,” Ms Firth said.

“The scholarship has assisted many students in the past, and we’re grateful that it will be supported in the future.

“Going through the HSC and entering university can be a huge expense for families, so we want to make sure they’re assisted in some way. Our community benefits enormously from the talents of these amazing students.”

Eligible students must be studying at a public school in New South Wales and have either entered Australia on a humanitarian visa.

Funds up to $1000 for each year of 11 and 12, as well as $2000 for the first two years of full time university are available.

For more information on the scholarship or to donate to the Public Education Foundation, visit www.publiceducationfoundation.org.au.