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ECU student first WA recipient of the Governor-General's Indigenous Student Teacher Scholarship

Friday, 13 August 2010


Congratulations to ECU student Lisa Capewell, who is the first West Australian to be awarded the Governor-General’s Indigenous Student Teacher Scholarship.

The scholarship aims to assist one Indigenous student in every state and territory to undertake teacher education studies with a higher education provider, with successful applicants receiving $25,000 per year for the life of their teaching degree (up to four years), to cover study costs.

In addition, all scholarship recipients are provided with the support of a highly accomplished teacher or teacher educator as a mentor throughout the duration of their studies.

Lisa is currently studying teaching at ECU, and was the first Indigenous person to complete a Diploma of Children Services at Kimberley Collage of TAFE in Broome.

“The Governor-General's scholarship is a fantastic initiative, which aims to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians,” says Miss Capewell.

“I am grateful to receive the award, which gives me the financial support to focus on my studies.”

Upon graduation, Lisa hopes to work in remote aboriginal communities as both a teacher and role model.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Engagement, Equity and Indigenous), Professor Brenda Cherednichenko congratulated Lisa on her achievements.

“Lisa’s award is a much deserved acknowledgement of her personal and professional commitment to education and building stronger opportunities for all, especially Indigenous Australians.”

“Lisa’s achievement is a powerful inspiration to all of us at ECU,” said Professor Cherednichenko.

Lisa was presented with the scholarship by the Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce, AC at an awards ceremony on Monday, 9 August at Government House, Canberra.

For more information visit the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations website or email the ECU Scholarships team.

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