St Philip's Christian College Cessnock student Tate Brabander was recognised for his compassion, integrity and kindness at the 2019 Fred Hollows Humanity Awards.
The Humanity Award is a national initiative of The Fred Hollows Foundation that acknowledges year six students who follow in the late Dr Fred Hollows' footsteps by demonstrating humanitarian values towards others.
Tate was nominated by his teacher, Amanda Cochrane, for his caring attitude towards his peers.
"Tate is an amazingly compassionate student who always puts others before himself," Ms Cochrane said.
"Earlier this year, he shaved his head to raise money in honour of a relative battling cancer. He has always been very caring towards others."
Tate was one of 85 recipients at this year's awards, which were presented by the foundation's founding director, Gabi Hollows, at the University of Technology Sydney on October 16.
Ms Hollows said the award highlights inspirational students making a positive difference in their communities.
"Fred would have been incredibly proud of the contribution these students are making to society and of the foundation for recognising and encouraging them to help others, no matter how big or small their actions," she said.
The Fred Hollows Humanity Award will return to NSW in 2020. To learn more, visit www.hollows.org/humanityaward.