Leveraging opportunity to create change

“Going to boarding school has opened doors and allowed my children to follow their passions.” Tamara is the Mother of AIEF Scholars Jacquin (2020), Ella (2023) and Luca (The Cathedral School) Hi My name is Tamara. I am a proud Palawa woman with connections to Tasmania, and across the Torres Strait, with our family currently […]

Education is empowerment

“I find it difficult to articulate what St Augustine’s College did for me, and what that cohort of lads did for me. This experience helped me become the man I am today.”  Neerim completed Year 12 on an AIEF Scholarship in 2010 at St Augustine’s College in Cairns. Hi there I’m Neerim, a proud Kirraewhurrong […]

Inspiring young Indigenous people through education

“Education can change lives. I want to be part of guiding the next generation.” Oliver completed Year 12 at Knox Grammar School in 2017 on an AIEF Scholarship. Hi My name is Oliver (Olly) and I am a proud Wiradjuri man from central NSW and an AIEF Alum. When I was younger, I had the […]

AIEF 15 Years of Impact on Sky News

As we celebrate 15 years of impact, watch as Kieran Gilbert speaks to AIEF Scholarship Students Shakyra and Tremane alongside Executive Director Andrew Penfold at Parliament House. Click here.


Investing in education opportunities for young Indigenous students creates meaningful change that often ripples through generations. Leana grew up in a small rural town in northwest New South Wales where education and job opportunities were limited. Moving off country and over 700km away from family was hard but ultimately felt worth it. In 2013, Leana […]

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