There has been some great success with the Indigenous Senior 11 and 12 girls lately.
The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation (QATSIF) and Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Legal Service (QIFVLS) have partnered to create the Barry Doyle School-Based Scholarship available to Year 11 students who have an interest in career pathways that involve providing a safe, positive environment for Indigenous families (e.g. law, counselling, social work, community development etc.). Rockhampton Girls Grammar School students Abigail Cutting, Ella Lindsay and Mackenzie Buchanan (all in Year 11) are successful recipients of this scholarship. Both QIVFLS and QATSIF will assist these recipients in exploring opportunities to work with and learn from First Nations professionals.
Over the school holidays Abigail Cutting and Mackenzie Buchanan will also be attending the Queensland University of Technology’s (QUT) National Indigenous Business Summer School (NIBSS) program. This program is exclusive, only accepting 20 applicants who either aspire to enter the business world, become an entrepreneur or gain an insight of university life. These students will attend interactive workshops to develop an understanding of various business degrees and what they entail. They will also explore the Indigenous business community within Queensland having the opportunity to connect with current and past First Nations business students and business owners.
The following week, Rockhampton Girls Grammar Seniors Bella Conway, Muguzi Wailu and Tracelyn Warusam will be attending the Tahgara Winter Program hosted by the University of Sydney. This program will allow them to explore life as university students; connect with other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are also completing their HSC or HSC equivalent; and network with lecturers, tutors and current and past students pertaining to their desired areas of study.
These students have been working very hard on their studies and are very deserving of these rewards. They are setting a great example for their fellow student peers.