The NSW Aboriginal Land Council has now opened the 2016 Freddy Fricke Scholarship Program. 

Applications close at 5pm, Monday 1 February 2016

The application form and information brochure is available here. 

Completed applications and supporting documents should be submitted to:

By post:     By hand:  
Freddy Fricke Scholarship Program      Freddy Fricke Scholarship Program
c/- NSW Aboriginal Land Council NSW Aboriginal Land Council     
PO Box 1125          Level 5 Reception, 33 Argyle Street
Parramatta NSW 2124        Parramatta NSW 2150
Email:  policy@alc.org.au

Phone: (02) 9689 4444

Scholarship details

The maximum scholarship is $5,000 per annum. 

Scholarship grants are available for undertaking a degree or diploma at any University in NSW which is approved by a CAF Community Fund trustee. Scholarship funds contribute to the successful student's approved fees and course related expenses. 

The scope of the scholarships covers disciplines including Information Technology, Community Welfare/ Services, Community Management, Health/ Medicine, Tourism, Law, Science, Architecture, Engineering, Human Resources, Finance, Accounting, Banking and Commerce.

When approved, the funds are made as a grant to the University which is requested to allocate the grant towards the successful student's approved fees and course related expenses. 

Grants are made at the discretion of the Trustee of the CAF Community Fund and the University to which the grant is made. Evidence will be required that the applicant is undertaking a relevant course before the scholarship can be awarded.


To be eligible to receive the scholarship you must:

-        Be  a member of a Local Aboriginal Land Council (if over 18 years) or your parent/s or guardian/s be a member of a Local Aboriginal Land Council (if under 18 years). 

-        Not have previously been a recipient of the Freddy Fricke Scholarship.

-        Complete and submit the required application form including supporting documents by 5pm, Monday 1 February 2016.

For more information about the grant please contact CAF on 02 9929 9633 or the NSW Aboriginal Land Council Policy and Programs Unit on 9689 4444 or policy@alc.org.au.  


In 2000, Mr. Frederick (Freddy) Fricke bequeathed his Bondi Junction property to NSWALC upon his death. In 2002, NSWALC set about designing a program with a dual purpose. It sought to honour Freddy for his vision, care and generosity and to realise his desire to help and create better opportunities for the Aboriginal people of NSW.

The Council decided to use the funds from the sale of Freddy's home to establish a Scholarship fund to assist in the education of young Aboriginal people. NSWALC believed the establishment of the scholarship both honoured Mr Fricke and delivered a lasting benefit for the empowerment of Aboriginal people.

The Freddy Fricke Scholarship was launched in July 2002 when NSWALC made a grant to Charities Aid Foundation to manage the project. The income derived from the investment of Freddy's fund is applied to providing scholarships to talented young members of the Aboriginal community.

The Scholarship was originally targeted at students who wished to study finance and commerce disciplines in tertiary institutions in NSW. However the scope of the scholarship was recently extended to include a broader range of disciplines which includes Architecture, Business Management, Community Welfare/Services, Community Management, Engineering, Health/ Medicine, Human Resources, Information Technology, Law/Legal Studies, Science, Tourism and as well as the areas originally covered.

Since 2002, 41 Aboriginal students have been awarded Freddy Fricke Scholarships.

What is a Scholarship?
The Scholarship Program offers financial assistance to Aboriginal students to undertake study in a discipline with a University. The program provides financial assistance through the provision of a one-off payment for scholarship holders to purchase text books, pay enrolment fees and/or HECS fees and other approved course related expenses.

What are the Scholarships for?
The NSWALC Freddy Fricke Scholarships are offered to Aboriginal students who aspire to further their studies at a University.


The NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) suppoted three young Aboriginal university students in 2015 under the Freddy Fricke Scholarship Program.

NSWALC received a strong field of applicants in 2015. After careful consideration of applications, the Scholarship supported:

·       Dunghutti and Gamilaraay man Jonathon Captain-Webb from Mortdale, Sydney

·       Worimi woman India Latimore from Newcastle

·       Barkantji man Leroy Bates from Wilcannia

Mr Captain-Webb, who is studying a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Law at the University of NSW, said being the first in his family to attend university inspired him to use his skills to guide young Aboriginal people in his community. He plans to work with at-risk youth through the Aboriginal Legal Service. 

Ms Latimore, who is midway through a Bachelor Medicine degree at the University of Newcastle, became passionate about her career choice after volunteering at an Aboriginal Medical Service (AMS).

Mr Bates, a traditional owner of Mutawinji National Park, will study a Bachelor of Environmental Science  in Parks, Recreation and Heritage at Charles Sturt University in Albury.