The Freddy Fricke Scholarship 2016 round is now closed.

Information about the 2017 round and the application process will be published in late 2016.


The NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) supported two young Aboriginal university students in 2016 under the Freddy Fricke Scholarship Program.

NSWALC received a strong field of applicants in 2016. After careful consideration of applications, the Scholarship supported:      

  • Gomeroi man Peter Prince from Mungindi, and
  • Gumbaynggirr woman Maddison Smart from Bowraville.

Mr Peter Prince, who is studying a Bachelor of Social Work at the University of New England, said he is very determined to finish his Bachelor's in Social Work. He wants to set an example to his community and also the younger Aboriginal Youth of Mungindi that by setting goals and believing in yourself you can achieve anything you want to.

Ms Maddison Smart, who is studying a Bachelor of Nursing at the University of New England, became passionate about her career choice in growing up in a small community town and wanting to provide medical help and support. Ms Smart would like to set an example to younger generations, to prove that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

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 Good2Give 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 Good2Give 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 documentation (dates for the 2017 round to be advised).

For more information about the grant please contact the NSW Aboriginal Land Council Policy and Programs Unit on 9689 4444 or .  

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


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, 47 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.