President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he will accept the Arthur W. Hillman Jr. Education Award presented by the Trump Foundation.
“I had many great experiences in my early years as a student and a student of education,” Trump told a packed ballroom in the West Wing.
“But more importantly, I had a tremendous sense of pride, of responsibility, of purpose.
I am proud of my life and the work that I’ve done.”
The President also thanked his wife, Melania, and daughter, Ivanka, for their support during his election campaign.
“And finally, to the parents of the children of my cabinet, I thank you for your faith, your love and your hard work,” he said.
“You have always made the American dream possible.”
In a statement, Hillman, a former White House adviser, said his award honors those who have demonstrated an unwavering dedication to education and public service.
“For a lifetime, I have strived to serve as the voice of our nation’s youth,” Hillman said.
“It is my honor to receive this award and I am humbled by the support from my colleagues and friends across the country and around the world,” he added.
Trump will accept his award on Feb. 15 at the White House, with a speech by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.