The University of Newcastle, recognised as a national and international leader in Indigenous collaboration, will set-up a lifelong perpetual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship Fund to support students through full-time University study.
Professor John Maynard, Head of Wollotuka School of Aboriginal Studies, was recently appointed to the second Indigenous Higher Education Advisory Council.
He said the University was committed to increasing the number of Indigenous graduates at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
"Indigenous students are facing increased financial pressure as they complete their studies. Many students have extended family members who rely on them for support which can make full-time study increasingly difficult," said Professor Maynard.
"This fund is designed to support these students who are struggling financially, so that they can continue full-time study and complete their degree programs.
"By establishing this fund we can develop new ongoing scholarships to encourage these Indigenous graduates to continue into Honours and higher degree research programs.
"We now have over 400 Indigenous students enrolled at the University of Newcastle. It's vital that we support these students as they take their knowledge back to Indigenous communities and inspire others."
The University's Strategic Plan 2007 - 2011 includes a priority to extend its reputation as a national and international leader in Indigenous collaboration.
Professor Maynard was last week appointed to the second Indigenous Higher Education Advisory Council, which will provide key policy advice on higher education issues to the Australian Government.
The University will hold its annual Reconciliation Scholarship Dinner Dance tonight to raise funds for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship Fund.
Photo opportunity: The University of Newcastle Reconciliation Scholarship Dinner Dance, 6pm tonight (Friday 1 June 2007) in the Brennan Room at the Shortland Union, Callaghan campus.