Arrow helps Christie’s wishes come true

Christie Wishart

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.

From medical science or engineering to primary education or archaeology degrees, these students are determined to make a difference in their future careers.

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 wants 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.

“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.

“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.”

Arrow has been maintaining 25 to 30 scholarships for Indigenous students at universities around Queensland since launching the program in 2012.

The program is in partnership with Central Queensland University, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, James Cook University and University of Southern Queensland.

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