We are proud to announce that we are establishing a Scholarship Program for Aboriginal students. The program will provide support to the Central Coast Aboriginal community and aims to improve the diversity of the local community services workforce through the creation and ongoing commitment to Aboriginal Student placements.
The program provides financial assistance for textbooks and other learning supports for people undertaking studies in community services related fields, along with a commitment to prioritising Aboriginal people when engaging student placements. Our Board unanimously voted in favour of establishing the program at their November meeting.
Chair of the Board, Peter Coomber, said the scholarship program is “a great opportunity for us to give back to the local community.”
We are working closely with Newcastle University and NSW TAFE and will release program specifics in the coming months. Having engaged Aboriginal students on placement for several years, we are proud to be able to expand on this by providing financial support for textbooks and other expenses that students face. Our sector will be enriched by the outcomes of the scholarship and we have committed to running the scholarship program for an initial period of three years.