12 Central Coast students win Scholarships: NSWALC Chair
22 June 2009
The New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council Chairperson and Central Coast Region Councillor, Bev Manton, said she was delighted that 12 Aboriginal students from her Region had won prestigious NSWALC educational scholarships.
"This is a wonderful outcome for Aboriginal people in my Region," Chairperson Manton said.
"It reinforces the fact that our people are increasingly valuing the benefits of a sound education".
"This is the very reason why NSWALC established, with its own funds, the $30 million Education Endowment Fund to supplement the already existing Freddy Fricke Scholarships which concentrate on addressing the lack of Aboriginal people working in the professions".
Chairperson Manton said recipients in her Region included two primary school students, young people studying for degrees at various Universities, such as New England University, the University of NSW, the University of Newcastle and the Southern Cross University.
"Others include a young person studying for a diploma at Sydney's Tranby Aboriginal College and Aboriginal students attending the Manning Valley Anglican College."
The 12 Central Coast Region scholarship winners were:
Throughout New South Wales 128 Aboriginal students had won scholarships.
Other winners State-wide included:
Ms Manton said the need for scholarships for Aboriginal people would continue to grow.
"Both scholarship streams demonstrate to Aboriginal children the benefits of committing to school and going on to tertiary education.
"Today there are Aboriginal judges, magistrates, lawyers, politicians, accountants, doctors, educators and university graduates and post graduates in many disciplines.
"These scholarships are an investment in the future - an investment in future young leaders," Chairperson Manton said.
Further information: Councillor Bev Manton: 0407 258 384