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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Scholarships total two hundred and fifty thousand dollars

Arrow Energy has awarded a $250,000 university scholarship package to 26 Indigenous students at leading Queensland universities.

The recipients are the latest members of Arrow’s Indigenous University Scholarships program, in partnership with Central Queensland University, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, James Cook University and University of Southern Queensland.

For the past five years, Arrow has maintained 25 to 30 scholarships, contributing more than $1.25 million in funding to support tertiary educational outcomes for Indigenous people each year.

“We believe increasing participation in higher education is one of the key factors in closing the gap and these scholarships are part of that effort,” Arrow Energy’s Leisa Elder said.

"The scholarships are worth up to $10,000 a year for each person's course and also include mentoring, tutoring and peer network groups so students have the support to achieve their goals.”

A new recipient for this year is Elizabeth Mahon who works as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health practitioner in Charleville.

“I’ve always wanted to make my family proud by being the first family member to go to university and to demonstrate that I can truly make a difference,” she said.
Ms Mahon is in her first year of a Bachelor of Nursing Degree at the University of Southern Queensland.

“I am very passionate about improving the health of Indigenous men and women in rural and remote communities.

“I’ve personally been exposed to the hardship people face with limited medical services – that’s why I am actively pursuing further education to help reduce this.”

The Koori Mail is a media partner of Show Me The Way.

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