Indigenous students receive uni boost from Arrow6Jun2016
Arrow Energy has awarded university scholarships to 20 Indigenous students at five of Queensland’s leading universities.
The recipients are the latest members of the Arrow Energy Indigenous University Scholarships program.
"The scholarships are worth up to $10,000 a year for each person's course and have been set up to provide access to higher education for Traditional Owner groups across Queensland," Arrow Energy Vice President External Relations & Tenure Management Leisa Elder said.
“We believe increasing participation in higher education is one of the key factors in closing the gap and these scholarships are part of that effort.
Arrow has been maintaining 25 to 30 scholarships for Indigenous students at universities around Queensland since launching the program in 2012.
“As students complete their studies, we have added new scholars to replace them – and these 20 students are the newest additions,” Ms Elder said.
“We also have nine other Indigenous scholars that we have continued to support through the program as they progress with their degrees.
“From medical science or engineering to primary education or archaeology degrees, these students are determined to make a difference in their future careers and I’m proud we can support them along the way.”
The program is in partnership with Central Queensland University, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, James Cook University and University of Southern Queensland.
The scholarships are a complete educational package that also includes mentoring, tutoring and peer network groups so students have the support to achieve their goals.
The latest recipients include:
- Dharug-Wiradjuri woman Cherryl Luck, from Townsville, who is completing a Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous and Archaeology) at James Cook University. Cherryl would like to build understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous culture through archaeological evidence to give acceptance to traditions and their value in a globalised world.
- Caitlin Easton, a Bundjalung woman who lives in Toowoomba, is undertaking a Master of Science program at University of Southern Queensland, with a focus on developing a suicide prevention framework for Indigenous youth.
- Christie Wishart from Bundaberg is a Ngugi woman who is completing a Bachelor of Medical Science at Central Queensland University. Christie would like to specialise in Indigenous healthcare as a dietician and provide her services to remote communities.
“As a single mother of three and full-time student, receiving this scholarship is a great benefit to both myself and my family,” Ms Wishart said.
“It removes some of the financial burden and allows me to concentrate on my studies.
“My interest in health began after many years living in regional and rural towns with large Indigenous populations – here I saw the disadvantages still faced by many people – even within my own family.
“It created my drive to pursue my dreams and gain the tertiary qualifications needed to help my local community attain better health outcomes.
“I am determined to make a difference in my community, set an example for my children, and be part of closing the health gap that many Indigenous people still face.”
For more information about Arrow’s Indigenous scholarships, visit: http://www.arrowenergy.com.au/sustainability/indigenous-relations/indigenous-scholarships
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