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Aboriginal Victorians awarded prestigious scholarships

Eight outstanding Aboriginal Victorians are receiving scholarships to remove barriers to education, thanks to a partnership between the Victorian Government and the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association.

The recipients of Aunty Mary Atkinson scholarships will be supported with grants of $30,000 a year for up to four years.

The program is named after Aunty Mary Atkinson, a Wiradjuri and Bangerang Elder whose tenacity and integrity made her an inspirational leader.

Mary believed all Aboriginal children had the right to a quality education and the scholarship aims to continue her belief in learning as empowerment for indigenous people.

The recipients have each had to overcome personal challenges relating to health, caring for others and unemployment and have each demonstrated tenacity and integrity in their studies.

The scholarship recipients include people like Mark Jones, who will continue to research Aboriginal enterprises as part of his studies at RMIT; and Riley Leary, who will use the scholarship to pay for travel and accommodation expenses while he develops his understanding of robotics at Swinburne University.

Recipients’ studies must be aligned with portfolio areas of the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.

Source: Vic Government

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