Recipient Chosen for the NSW Aboriginal Land Council 2022 Educational Scholarship

19 January, 2022

19 January 2022

The NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) would like to congratulate university student Luke Hodge, who has been awarded the 2022 NSW Aboriginal Land Council Educational Scholarship.

The $10,000 Scholarship is aimed at penultimate year students at a tertiary institution in NSW.

NSWALC Chairperson Danny Chapman says Luke’s scholarship application clearly demonstrated his commitment to documenting Aboriginal story through film.

“Luke showed his passion as an emerging filmmaker, to contribute to the growing area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytelling on screen.

The Council and I congratulate Luke on his successful application and we look forward to seeing his future work as he continues to gain experience and expertise.

The NSWALC Educational Scholarship will assist Luke with funds to complete his final year of studies in the Communications and Screen Media field,” Councillor Chapman said.

Luke Hodge is a Dunghutti man from the Macleay Valley of Kempsey, living in Mount Annan. He is studying a Bachelor of Communication (Screen Media) at Western Sydney University.

Luke says his overarching goal is to preserve and celebrate our unique cultures through his work.

“As an Aboriginal filmmaker and professional storyteller, I am committed to preserving our sacred languages, stories, and cultural customs for future generations, that strengthen our cultural identities and connection to Country.

Through film and television directing and producing, I aim to spotlight our strong cultural heritage and help provide a platform for other Aboriginal youth to creatively express themselves and share their own stories,” he said.

Here’s a video introduction to Luke which was written. directed and shot by Luke and fellow students.

Here’s a video introduction to Luke which was written, directed and shot by Luke and fellow students.

The NSWALC Scholarship also includes a six-week paid internship, but due to ongoing uncertainty regarding COVID-19 restrictions in NSW, this component has been placed on hold by the Council until further notice.

Please check back at the NSWALC website in early July 2022 for information on the 2023 Round, at

For more information or to arrange interviews, email


We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of the lands where we work as well as across the lands we travel through. We also acknowledge our Elders past, present and emerging.

Artwork Credit: Craig Cromelin, from a painting he did titled, "4 favourite fishing holes". It is a snippet of his growing years on the Lachlan River, featuring yabby, turtle, fish and family.