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Student Summary

An overview of Shalom College's Indigenous students who were part of the AIEF Scholarship Program in 2016. Read about their background, their interests and their achievements throughout the year.

Vanessa

Vanessa from Lismore completed the second year of a social work and arts degree at the University of New South Wales in 2016, residing in Shalom College on an AIEF-Shalom Gamarada Scholarship. She is a proud Bundjalung woman and was the first Indigenous graduate from her high school to go on to study at university. She is passionate about helping other people from all walks of life. A gifted leader and sportsperson, Vanessa spearheaded the Just for Kicks program at her high school where students could participate in sport during lunch breaks and after school. The successful program promoted positive physical expression and emotional wellbeing. She has also represented NSW in basketball.

Tamara

Tamara from Bodalla completed the fourth year of a combined arts and law degree at the University of New South Wales in 2016, residing in Shalom College on an AIEF-Shalom Gamarada Scholarship. She belongs to the Yuin Nation. Having witnessed the challenges and disadvantages that Indigenous people face in her own community, she hopes to use her expertise as a lawyer to address the problems and injustices that exist. Tamara has a legal cadetship with Qantas, and is also a Nura Gili Indigenous student ambassador, an Aspire ambassador and an ITAS tutor. She also assists with the Nura Gili Indigenous Winter School program where she hopes to inspire and encourage other Indigenous students to attend university. Tamara was also a volunteer in Walama Muru, a student volunteer program run by Arc at UNSW, in 2014 and 2015.

Ryan

Ryan from Blacktown completed the third year of a medicine degree at the University of New South Wales in 2016, residing in Shalom College on an AIEF-Shalom Gamarada Scholarship. He is a Wiradjuri man and is the first member of his family to attend university. Ryan’s initial goal in life was to become either a policeman or a doctor, however after developing a strong rapport with his childhood doctor he decided to study medicine. In the sporting arena, Ryan has played baseball in representative teams in Singapore and in the US. He has also served as a Shalom College and Student Representative Council Sports Director and enjoys music, reading and the arts.

Murrie

Murrie from Rockhampton completed his fourth year of an exercise physiology degree at the University of New South Wales in 2016, residing in Shalom College on an AIEF-Shalom Gamarada Scholarship. Murrie is a Ghungalu man who attended boarding school in Orange and was the school’s first Indigenous Head Prefect of boarding. He was also Vice Sports Captain and Vice Captain of the rugby team. He is a keen sportsman and a talented footballer and boxer, and has represented both Shalom College and the University of New South Wales in various sporting competitions. His future goals include opening his own physiotherapy clinic, providing exercise physiologist support to elite sports teams and travelling around Australia, and providing specialist services in injury prevention and treatment to Indigenous communities. Murrie has strong ties to his home community of Woorabinda and he hopes to return in the future to learn the traditional language, ceremonial rituals and medicinal practices passed down from his elders. He would then like to pass his knowledge down to future generations, as he knows the importance of tradition and culture in shaping one’s identity. Murrie is a tutor-in-residence at Shalom College.

Luke

Luke from Narromine completed the fifth year of a medicine degree at the University of New South Wales in 2016, residing in Shalom College on an AIEF-Shalom Gamarada Scholarship. Luke is a Wiradjuri man and is due to graduate as a doctor in December 2017. Inspired to become a doctor partly by the caring nature of his local GP, he hopes to one day work as a doctor in a rural community much like his own. He delivered a speech to celebrate the success of the Shalom Gamarada Scholarship Program at NSW Parliament House in August 2016, hosted by the Shadow Minister for Health the Honourable Walt Secord MLC.

Jessica

Jessica from Stanmore completed the third year of an advanced science degree at the University of New South Wales in 2016, residing in Shalom College on an AIEF-Shalom Gamarada Scholarship. Jessica is a Dharawal woman and the inaugural recipient of the Defence Science and Technology Organisation Shalom Gamarada Scholarship. In 2013 Jessica was awarded the Indigenous student of the year award at TAFE NSW; in 2014 she received an excellence in academic achievement award at the Gili Awards and the spirit award in science at the annual University of New South Wales Indigenous Awards. Jessica has worked as a youth program volunteer at the Bowen and Rockdale libraries, and has also worked with Koori Radio.

Jason

Jason from Ballina completed the fifth year of a medicine degree at the University of New South Wales in 2016, residing in Shalom College on an AIEF-Shalom Gamarada Scholarship. Jason is a Bundjalung man. In 2016, Jason underook research focused on measuring the functions of chemotherapy-induced neuropathy, testing the effects and impact of chemotherapy on the nervous system. He also delivered a speech to celebrate the success of the Shalom Gamarada Scholarship Program at NSW Parliament House in August 2016, hosted by the Shadow Minister for Health, the Honourable Walt Secord MLC

Dylan

Dylan from Maroubra completed a commerce degree at the University of New South Wales in 2016, residing in Shalom College on an AIEF-Shalom Gamarada Scholarship. Dylan is a Kamilaroi man. During his final year, Dylan balanced his studies with a cadetship at Allens and part time work in procurement for NSW Finance . An accomplished boxer and elite sportsman, Dylan has played at national and state representative levels in rugby league and rugby union and has toured New Zealand with the Indigenous Australian U21 OzTag team. Dylan has regularly represented Shalom College in sport and the University of New South Wales at the Annual Indigenous Tertiary Student Games. In 2017 Dylan will commence a graduate role with KPMG.

Clancy

Clancy from Port Stephens completed the second year of his medicine degree at the University of New South Wales in 2016, residing in Shalom College on an AIEF-Shalom Gamarada Scholarship. Clancy is a Bidjara Man and was Vice Captain at his high school. He is an energetic student with a range of interests including photography, debating, chess and cooking, all of which he has brought with him to Shalom College. He hopes to work with communities and schools toward developing programs to help Indigenous kids make positive dietary, health and lifestyle choices.

Bridget

Bridget from Lithgow completed the third year of a combined arts and law degree at the University of New South Wales in 2016, residing in Shalom College on an AIEF-Shalom Gamarada Scholarship. Bridget is a Wiradjuri woman. She was elected to the National Union of Students as National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Officer in 2015 and she served as Indigenous Officer on the UNSW Student Representative Council in 2016.

Teeyanna

Teeyanna from Townsville completed the fifth year of a combined arts and law degree at the University of New South Wales in 2016, residing in Shalom College on an AIEF-Shalom Gamarada Scholarship. She is a Birri-Gubba and Dauareb woman and an active member of the college and the wider UNSW community. As a volunteer, Teeyanna has assisted with the Walama Muru Community outreach program and also worked as a student supervisor at the annual Nura Gili Winter School program. As a college tutor, she is a responsible leader and role model for her fellow students, helping with their studies and general college issues. She is also a skilled sportswoman, a strong basketball player and has been actively involved with Nura Gili and organising the University of New South Wales Indigenous university games team.

Sarah

Sarah from Eastwood completed the third year of a combined social work/criminology and criminal justice degree at the University of New South Wales in 2016, residing in Shalom College on an AIEF-Shalom Gamarada Scholarship. Sarah is a Dharawal woman who hopes to become a social worker in the criminal justice system. She is passionate about working towards reducing rates of criminals re-offending, and is gravely concerned about, and would like to contribute to, reducing the rate of Indigenous deaths in custody. Sarah has worked as a student supervisor in Nura Gili programs, and was recently appointed an Indigenous intern with the Department of Social Services.

Renee

Renee from Nowra completed an aerospace engineering degree at the University of New South Wales in 2016, residing in Shalom College on an AIEF-Shalom Gamarada Scholarship. Renee belongs to the Tharawal people. Since 2011, Renee has worked part-time as an engineering intern for Qantas where, in 2013, she was named Qantas intern of the year. In 2015, she received a project excellence award from Qantas, where she is now employed full-time as a corporate graduate.

Milo

Milo from Avalon Beach completed the second year of a medicine degree at the University of New South Wales in 2016, residing in Shalom College on an AIEF-Shalom Gamarada Scholarship. Milo is a Wiradjuri man who is passionate about working to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Once qualified, Milo aspires to volunteer his time in Indigenous communities working to inspire and influence positive attitudes towards healthcare and promote better health education.

Kathleen

Kathleen from the Blue Mountains completed the fourth year of a social work and arts degree at the University of New South Wales in 2016, residing in Shalom College on an AIEF-Shalom Gamarada Scholarship. Kathleen is a Gundungurra and Yuin woman from a strong Indigenous family that is passionate about Aboriginal identity, culture and connection to land. Through cultural tours and Aboriginal dance, Kathleen and her family raise awareness of Gundungurra country and people in the Blue Mountains. Kathleen’s goal of becoming a social worker stems from her time working as an Aboriginal drug and alcohol worker for Indigenous and non-Indigenous women in her community, where her role involved connecting women back to society and implementing strategies to overcome barriers that cause isolation, hopelessness, helplessness and diminished self worth and value. She has been able to use Aboriginal culture as a tool to help heal participants of their past traumas and has taken them on field trips that enable them to connect with the environment.

Jenavive

Jenavive from Sans Souci completed the fifth year of a combined arts and law degree at the University of New South Wales in 2016, residing in Shalom College on an AIEF-Shalom Gamarada Scholarship. Jenavive is a Wiradjuri woman and has served as the president of the Indigenous Society, presiding over an executive committee aiming to facilitate an engaging university experience for Indigenous students, and as the Indigenous office bearer on the Student Representative Council. Jenavive works closely with Nura Gili as an ambassador and ITAS tutor. For the past two years she has held the inaugural Judge Bob Bellear Memorial Scholarship, and plans to go on exchange in the UK in 2017.

India

India from Ocean Grove completed the third year of a medicine degree at the University of New South Wales in 2016, residing in Shalom College on an AIEF-Shalom Gamarada Scholarship. India is a Wathaurong woman. She is a talented sportswoman who performed successfully in the National Surf Life Saving competition. India has served in leadership roles at Shalom College, including as the female sports director, and attended the Pacific Region Indigenous Doctors’ Congress in late 2016.

Desiree

Desiree from Marrickville completed the fifth year of her law and social work honours degree at the University of New South Wales in 2016, residing in Shalom College on an AIEF-Shalom Gamarada Scholarship. She is a Wakka Wakka woman, and holds an Australian Public Service Cadetship with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Her academic record is outstanding.

Caitlin

Caitlin from Narrabri successfully completed her arts and criminology degree in 2016 at the University of New South Wales in 2016, residing in Shalom College on an AIEF-Shalom Gamarada Scholarship. Caitlin is a Kamilaroi woman. In her final year of study, she worked as a cadet at the Australian Institute of Criminology and is now in full-time employment as a support officer in the Attorney General’s Department.

Amy

Amy from Hillston completed the fourth year of her social work and arts degree at the University of New South Wales in 2016, residing in Shalom College on an AIEF-Shalom Gamarada Scholarship. Amy is a Wiradjuri woman and is actively involved in various sporting activities, including representing Shalom College in the inter-college sports competition. She hopes to work with Indigenous communities in the future, including returning home to her own local community.

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