Scholarship Winners 2017

14 March, 2017

A law student from the Hunter region and a medicine student from Tamworth have been awarded Freddy Fricke scholarships from the NSW Aboriginal Land Council.

Sapphire Dawson and Russell Thompson will use the scholarships to help pay for university fees, text books and other course-related expenses.

Sapphire, a Yuin woman, is studying law at the University of Newcastle, and hopes other Aboriginal students will be inspired by her academic journey.

Kamilaroi man Russell is studying medicine at the University of New South Wales in Sydney but plans to return home to Tamworth to contribute to his community.

Since 2002, 49 Aboriginal university students have been awarded Freddy Fricke Scholarships, and 2018 applications open later this year.

OurMob will yarn with Sapphire and Russell once they settle back into their studies, so keep an eye out for them in upcoming editions!


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.