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2015 Roberta Sykes Scholarship Recipients Announced
Left to right: Judd Harris, Lindsay Christian. Michael Bryden and Bhiamie Eckford-Williamson
The Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of four Roberta Sykes Scholarships, a scheme assisting Indigenous Australians to pursue postgraduate study at leading overseas universities.
The four recipients are: Curtin University graduate Judd Harris, Queensland University of Technology graduate Lindsay Christian, Monash University graduate Michael Bryden, and Australian National University graduate Bhiamie Eckford-Williamson.
Judd Harris, a Wongi man, with family from Leonora, completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) with Upper Sewcond Class Honours from Curtin University in 2013. Judd is currently studying a MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development at Cambridge University.
Lindsay Christian is a proud descendant of the Wiradjuri people, originating from Orange. He has completed a Master of Applied Science (Research) and a Bachelor of Applied Science (with Distinction) from Queensland University of Technology. He is now studying a MPhil in Epidemiology at the University of Cambridge.
Michael Bryden, a descendant of the Palawa people of Tasmania, recently graduated with First Class Honours in a Bachelor of Arts (Criminology and Politics) with a High Distinction average throughout his degree. Michael has been accepted to undertake an MPhil in Criminological Research at the University of Cambridge.
Bhiamie Eckford-Williamson is a Euahlayi man from Goodooga in north-west NSW. He has graduated from ANU with a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) and is currently completing a
Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance (MAIG) at the University of Victoria, British Colombia, Canada.
Supporting Indigenous students for over 25 years, the Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation offers a number of students the opportunity to undertake postgraduate study at leading overseas universities each year.
The scholarships are jointly funded by the Australian Government, the Cambridge Commonwealth, European & International Trust, Cambridge Australia Scholarships Ltd, the University of Oxford, the University of Canberra, and Justice John Basten.
Speaking about the scholarships, the Chair of the Roberta Sykes Foundation, Peter Waters said:
“The Trustees are honoured to support these two exemplary Indigenous scholars in their studies at Cambridge and/or Oxford later this year.
“Twenty years ago, Indigenous scholars were confined to a narrow range of disciplines. Today however, scholars are branching out across a variety of fields.
“The Roberta Sykes Scholarships promote the vision of a better future in which Indigenous people can assume positive roles across a spectrum of career and leadership opportunities.
“We acknowledge that it is largely due to the generosity of our donors that our recipients are able to realise their aspiration of overseas study. I sincerely wish to thank the Australian Government, the University of Oxford, the Cambridge Commonwealth, European & International Trust, Cambridge Australia Scholarships, the University of Canberra, Justice John Basten and the many others who have made these outstanding awards possible.”
The scholarships to Cambridge and Oxford cover all fees and living expenses, and are valued at over $70,000 for the period of one year.
Executive Education Bursaries for Indigenous women
The Foundation is also now partnering with Chief Executive Women to offer two bursaries for Indigenous women to undertake short executive programs run by leading business school, INSEAD, at their Singapore campus.
Learning to Lead Program: The 3 day program is aimed at women who will be taking on their first management role in the next 6 months or who have been in such a role for up to 2 years. The course is designed to help students understand the nature of this transition and develop the critical people skills that can bring greater long-term career success.
Leading for Results Program: The 5 day development program provides experienced managers with crucial skills for leading people in a global business environment (only managers with five or more years of experience will be considered).
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply for a bursary to attend the Leading for Results, please visit the CEW website http://www.cew.org.au/education/scholarships
The Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation Reception June 2012
Left to right: Tim Goodwin, Donisha Duff, Kerrie Doyle, and Greg Lehman.
On Wednesday 13 June 2012, the Sykes family joined with donors, trustees, supporters and government representatives to celebrate the success of returning scholars:
and departing scholars: