Take a step and make a difference
Education is undeniably one of the most important opportunities afforded to us.
Another way to empower ourselves
A university education was once considered something that few of our people could aspire to or even dream about. That is changing for the better.
Charlie Perkins Scholar at Oxford University
I didn’t set out with plans for a university education, but after ﬁnding my way there, I discovered a world of opportunity I never imagined.
Charlie Perkins Scholar at Oxford University
I grew up all over Australia. My educational journey though, began at home, ten hours inland from Brisbane in Barcaldine, where my family are from.
Roberta Sykes Scholar at Harvard University
My journey proves that a successful undergraduate degree can lead to amazing opportunities and possibilities.
Australia’s ﬁrst Indigenous Rhodes Scholar
I was the ﬁrst Aboriginal person in my family to complete high school and obtain a university degree. I couldn’t do the anthropological work I am doing now without having undertaken those studies.
Education is important to our Indigenous communities
My educational journey began in country Ballarat, where I'd never even met anyone who had been to university.
Opportunity and connections
I am currently studying civil and environmental engineering at the University of Technology, Sydney.
My trade skills could only take me so far
Undergraduate study was not a priority for me when I left high school. Instead I chose a trade qualification and undertook a four year apprenticeship. However, after some time, I realised my trade skills could only take me so far and I wanted to explore new alternatives.
Aboriginal education is my passion
As a Wiradjuri woman who grew up in a small country town in NSW I chose to study education because Aboriginal education is my passion in life.
I want to become a role model for our people
I always wanted to go to university but I didn't finish my HSC and I decided to go straight into the workforce. After working for about four years I decided it was time to undertake further education.
My goal is to make a difference to the lives of Traditional Owners
As a Tasmanian Aboriginal woman my passion was to work in native title and cultural heritage. My goal is to make a difference to the lives of Traditional Owners. I’m working at addressing the injustices perpetrated against Aboriginal people in the past and today.
I wanted to help kids achieve their goals
I chose to undertake a teaching degree at Edith Cowan University (ECU), because I wanted to become a role model for Indigenous children and help them achieve their goals.
I now get paid to make dreams come true
I didn’t apply myself well at school. I spent years working depressing, dead end jobs to get by.
Education gives you choices and freedom
My educational journey began when I was four years old.
You don’t know your own potential unless you try!
I never really had career aspirations when I was growing up, on Thursday Island there weren’t many options.
Uni can be the best time of your life
I’ve just completed my first year at Melbourne University. Moving from the Gold Coast I found it hard to leave my family and friends but living at Ormond College is a welcoming home-away-from-home.
Fortune favours the brave
It’s often said that university study "opens doors". It’s certainly been the case for me.
Think big and meet the challenges head on
I began university with four very young children and very little money. I had a burning desire to follow a legal career and completed my undergraduate law degree and a graduate diploma at the University of Wollongong, as well as completing other degrees.
I made long-lasting friendships
My parents encouraged me to go to university. In year 12 I did not know what I wanted to do career-wise, let alone go to university.
Getting university qualifications opened many doors for me
As an Indigenous Australian I faced many hurdles before I even got to university. I didn’t think I was smart enough, but continued persistence and inspiration from my Mother - and a school visit from the director of the Tjabal centre at the Australian National University - helped change my perspective.
I make my own choices
I enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree after high school and had no idea about what to do in the future.
I was the first in my immediate family to attend university
I am a Kamilaroi woman and the first in my immediate family to attend university.
Hang in there ... it gets easier
I am a Wiradjuri boy, born and bred in Sydney, and I completed a Bachelor of Education, Human Movement and Health Education at The University of Sydney in 2002.
I can now go out into the world and have a say
To be honest, I don’t know why I went to university in the beginning. But my family was so happy when I began my law degree at the University of Technology in Sydney.
Go to uni and create your own dreams
I am the Solicitor Director of Terri Janke and Company, a law firm I started in 2000. I was born in Cairns and have family connections to Cairns, the Torres Strait Islands and Cape York (Meriam & Wuthathi).
Uni made me strong and determined
My exit grades from school were not high enough for university. However, I completed the entry examinations through the Ngunnawal Centre (Indigenous Education Centre at the University of Canberra) and was accepted into university.
Set goals and achieve your dreams
I didn’t complete high school so I was worried when I started my degree about not being able to write well enough for university.
Take up tertiary study and be rewarded
I am a Miriuwung Marda-Marda from the East Kimberley of Western Australia. Perth is my birth country, and for me the movement between the South West and the Kimberley region of WA has become a kind of pathway that crosses the many countries and stories that are part of my foundation and my history.
I'm proud to be the first Indigenous pharmacist in the NT
I am a descendant of the Maranunngu (Daly River) people. My Grandparents were taken away as children during the stolen generation and gained little education. I am proud to represent them as the first member of our family to complete tertiary studies.
Uni has been a collection of the most amazing experiences
I commenced my double degree in Aboriginal Studies and Social Work at the University of South Australia in 2006 and I expect to graduate at the end of 2011. Once I've graduated, I hope to go on to postgraduate studies.
I discovered a hidden passion
I commenced my Bachelor of Laws at Bond University on the Gold Coast in January 2009, as the inaugural Sunland Foundation scholarship recipient, after graduating from St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill in 2008.
Undergraduate study has contributed to my personal growth
I was a mature-aged student and I left secondary school with very average results, so I entered tertiary education with a fair amount of trepidation.
I will be making a contribution to my people
Six years of study is a long time and it’s been a life-changing experience for me.
My goal is to work with Aboriginal kids
I was both humbled and honoured to receive the Vice-Chancellor's Indigenous Australian Scholarship. The scholarship has been used to offset my university fees, as I prefer to have as minimal a debt as possible when I complete my degree.
If it happened to me, it can happen to anyone
I was a single Mum with two small children, living on welfare and delivering junk mail to make ends meet.
We need to get more rural Indigenous kids to study
I’m from a small village outside Dubbo, population eleven! My Dad stayed on the farm and Mum and I moved away to give me a decent education. They are an incredibly supportive family.
University changed my life
I come from a strong Aboriginal family so I never doubted my heritage, but I did learn a thing or two once I completed year 12 and went on to study at The University of Western Australia.
I was a mechanic before I went to uni
I was a mechanic for eleven years before I started university and I found study very difficult. I was 28 years old with a family to support and very little money.
Uni is about realising your potential
I am a proud Worimi man and a candidate for a Master's degree in Fine Arts at Sydney College of the Arts. There were many challenges along the way but looking back I’d say it was a very worthwhile experience.
One of the most exciting and proudest moments of my life
I am a Ngarluma woman with family ties to the Kimberley and Pilbara regions in Western Australia.
Challenging myself gave me the confidence to do my PhD
I was a mother of five, working full-time in remote communities in the Northern Territory. I had never been exposed to university life, and when I started I had to adjust to being in a very large city.
People were always friendly and considerate
The biggest hurdle I faced in completing my degree at Edith Cowan University was maintaining the motivation and inspiration to complete each and every assignment to the best of my ability.
If you’re thinking about university study, just do it
For my first degree I had to manage the demands of study, work and living by myself. As a young person it wasn’t easy. However, I had the support of friends, work colleagues and family.
The more you learn, the more you see the opportunities
Getting into university in the first place was the most difficult part, once I got in it was a really fulfilling experience.
I hope to be a role model for other Indigenous Australians
Education for me, was the key to moving forward in my life. I was inspired by Aboriginal relatives of mine who had graduated from university and went on to achieve incredible things.
"So that you will not be a slave like me"
My Father was a stockman and a fencer, my Mother was a domestic. Both my Parents wanted me and my siblings to get an education; in the words of my Father "so that you will not be a slave like me."
Stop thinking about it and enrol today
I graduated in December 2006 with a Health Science degree from The University of Queensland specialising in Indigenous health and health service management.