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Applications now open for the Perth Airport Indigenous Scholarship

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students wishing to undertake studies at Edith Cowan University (ECU) can now apply for the inaugural Perth Airport Indigenous Scholarship.

Two scholarships valued at $5,000 each are available in 2010, with selection based on prior academic success, as well as personal and educational goals. The program will be expanded to offer up to six undergraduate scholarships per year in following years.

The scholarships came about following the signing of a Partnership Agreement between Westralia Airports Corporation (Perth Airport) and Nyoongar Elders in July 2009.

“The Partnership Agreement was a pivotal step in the ongoing development of Perth Airport and Aboriginal cultural heritage,” said Brad Geatches, CEO Perth Airport.

“The signing of this document was the beginning of a new chapter and commitment for all those involved. As well as the scholarships for Aboriginal students undertaking university studies, the agreement includes support for projects to benefit the local Aboriginal community, employment of members of the Aboriginal community for cultural heritage awareness and land management activities.”

“The Perth Airport Indigenous Scholarship is an important opportunity for students from an Indigenous Australian background to receive practical support whilst undergoing university studies,” said Professor Brenda Cherednichenko, ECU Pro-Vice-Chancellor Engagement, Equity and Indigenous.

“It provides critical resources to ECU’s Aboriginal students, enhancing their experience at university.”

ECU’s partnership with Perth Airport is worth a total of $90,000 over five years.

Successful recipients will have the opportunity to receive mentoring from Nyoongar Elders and applications close 5 March 2010.

For further information, visit www.ecu.edu.au/ecu-scholarships

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