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Scholarship supports Indigenous students to aim high in the capital

Callan Morse -

Ten aspiring Indigenous secondary students have been provided support through the annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Secondary Scholarship Awards.

The awards, an initiative of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government, provide support scholarships to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in ACT public schools.

The financial scholarships aim to promote participation in leadership and future career opportunities. One of the 10 2024 recipients is student Finn Sambono-Gotte.

Mr Sambono-Gotte said the scholarship will assist him in an academic and career development perspective.

“I’m intending to pursue a career in occupational therapy or work in disability care,” he said.

“This scholarship will support me financially, especially for buying a laptop to help with my studies, as well as potential opportunities for exploring pathways in my areas of interest.”

The scholarships have been supporting Indigenous year 11 and 12 students in the ACT for more than a decade.

ACT Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Yvette Berry, said the scholarships recognise highly driven Indigenous students in the Territory.

“All of the successful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Secondary Scholarship recipients have demonstrated determination and great capacity to meet the challenges of secondary studies in their application process,” Minister for Education and Youth Affairs Yvette Berry said.

“I have no doubt exciting things await you for the remainder of your senior secondary studies and beyond and I look forward to hearing about your future pursuits and successes.

“I also want congratulate parents, mentors, teachers and other members of your communities who have given time, effort, and care to guide and encourage you all.”

2024 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Secondary Scholarship Award recipients

Yvette Sade Lapworth
Bella-Rose Scott
Lawson Connor
Max Dries
Sierra Bernice Jaques
Ethan Monks
Kai James Buchanan
Jaylon Pearce
Finn Sambono-Gotte
Sky Ritchie

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