Victorian principal recognised with Teachers Mutual Bank Principals Scholarship

​Yarrawonga College P-12 principal Damien Keel was awarded the prestigious scholarship in recognition of outstanding leadership

Damien Keel, principal at Yarrawonga College P-12, was recognised recently when he was awarded a Harvard Principal Scholarship from the Public Education Foundation, Teachers Mutual Bank and the Harvard Club of Australia.

Damien was one of three principals from across Australia to receive a $16,000 scholarship to undertake a professional education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

The program is designed to strengthen the skills of educational leaders, who play such a vital role in steering their school communities.

Damien was awarded the scholarship in recognition of his outstanding leadership at Yarrawonga College P-12 and said he 'absolutely rapt' to receive the prestigious scholarship.

'I am a passionate educator and always develop ideas or innovations from an evidence base, so the idea of attending Harvard University to further develop my leadership capability is very exciting for me,' Damien said.

Damien values life-long learning and has continued to undertake university degrees over the duration of his career, including initial teacher education, a Graduate Diploma of Educational Administration, and a Master of Education Leadership – Rural Contexts.

He is looking forward to participating in the Harvard program and further developing his skills.

'To be given the opportunity to attend Harvard University is something that I will always hold as one of the most amazing career and personal development opportunities of my life,' Damien said.

The two other scholarship winners were:

  • Harvard Club of Australia Principals Scholarship: Jenny Boyall from Katoomba High School in New South Wales
  • Public Education Foundation Principal Scholarship: Catherine O'Dea from Christies Beach Primary School in South Australia.