20 December 2019

Two Recipients Chosen for the NSWALC Educational Scholarship

The NSW Aboriginal Land Council congratulates the two university students who have been awarded the inaugural NSW Aboriginal Land Council Educational Scholarship.

The Scholarship is aimed at penultimate year students at a tertiary institution in NSW, and two $10,000 scholarships were offered across the state.

NSWALC Chair Anne Dennis said the scholarship applications by Taylah Gray from Dubbo and Allynta Sutherland from Coonabarabran demonstrated their commitment to empower Aboriginal people through economic development and political representation.

"Both students showed their drive and desire to learn more about the Land Rights movement and the Aboriginal Land Rights Act and how they will apply that knowledge in their fields of study and future careers."

"The NSW Aboriginal Land Council Educational Scholarship will not only assist Taylah and Allynta with funds to help complete their studies, but also provides the opportunity of an additional paid internship at NSWALC," she said.

Taylah Gray is a Wiradjuri woman and is studying a Bachelor of Laws and Diploma of Legal Practice at the University of Newcastle.

She said a six-week paid internship will give her valuable practical experience in her field.

"I am looking forward to learning much more about the Aboriginal Land Rights Act and how it is applied to empower our communities through land justice and economic development."

Allynta Sutherland is a Gomeroi woman and is studying a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Politics and Philosophy.

She said she would like to focus her internship on work in policy and advocacy.

"I enjoy formulating and studying conceptual ideas and learning how they can be applied in real life. I'm really looking forward to learning more about this in a Land Rights context."

Both recipients will begin their internships at NSWALC in January 2020.

For more information, please email media@alc.org.au and interviews can be arranged in the new year.