The NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) will support three young Aboriginal university students this year under the Freddy Fricke Scholarship Program.
The Scholarship, named after Freddy Fricke who in 2000 bequeathed his home to NSWALC, helps Aboriginal students reach their academic potential and launch their careers.
We received a strong field of applicants this year. After careful consideration of applications, the Scholarship will support:
· 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.
Since 2002, 41 Aboriginal students have been awarded Freddy Fricke Scholarships.
Applications for the program will reopen next year.
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. Aboriginal people have been traditionally under represented in these areas.
Recently however the scope of the scholarship was 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 the scholarship was launched many students have been assisted.
What is a
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
The NSWALC Freddy Fricke Scholarships are offered to Aboriginal students who aspire to further their studies at a University.
Who can qualify to be awarded
There are two categories of Scholarships being offered.
- Category 1 - Scholarship for Aboriginal students who are enrolled in a Degree Course;
- Category 2 - Scholarship for Aboriginal students who are enrolled in a Post Graduate Course.
To be eligible for a Scholarship an applicant must:
- be Aboriginal as defined in Section 4 (1) Part 1 of the NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 be residing permanently in New South Wales;
- a member of a Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC);
- Confirmation of LALC membership must be provided.