Welcome to the Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation website. Here you can learn more about the Foundation, the Scholarships, news on past and present Scholars, and how you can support the Foundation's work.
2018 Roberta Sykes Scholarship Recipients
Left to right: Frederick Leftwich, Jordan English, Jarrod Hughes and Michael McMahon
The Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the Roberta Sykes Scholarships.
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.
This year's Scholars are: University of Canberra graduate Frederick Leftwich, University of Queensland graduate Jordan English, Monash graduate Jarrod Hughes, and RMIT graduate Michael McMahon. They are jointly supported by the Australian Government, the British Government through the Chevening program, London School of Economics and Denton Corker Marshall Architects.
Fred is a proud Aboriginal man from the Butchulla, Kuku Yalanji and Doomadgee communities and is also of Vanuatu heritage. He will undertake an MSc in Human Rights at the London School of Economics. He has completed a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Indigenous Studies from the University of Canberra.
A descendant of the Butchulla people of K'Gari (Fraser Island), Jordan will undertake a Bachelor of Civil Laws at Oxford. Jordan graduated with a combined Bachelor of Commerce and Law with First Class Honours in Law from the University of Queensland in 2016.
Jarrod will undertake a MSc in Social Policy (Research) at the London School of Economics. A Taungurung man from the Kulin Nation in central Victoria, Jarrod graduated with a combined Bachelor of Arts and Law with First Class Honours in Law from Monash University in 2014.
Michael, who is descendant of the Bundjalung people of North-East NSW, will undertake a Master of Arts in Architecture at the Royal College of Art in London. Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Architectural Design from RMIT in 2014.
British High Commissioner to Australia, Her Excellency Menna Rawlings CMG, will present the 2018 Roberta Sykes Scholarships in Canberra on 22 August, alongside Richard Potok, Executive Director of the Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation and CEO of the Aurora Education Foundation.
2017 Roberta Sykes Scholarship Recipients
Left to right: Baringa Kukoyi, Julia Moriarty, Charles Prouse, Ruby Warber and Alison Whittaker
The Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the Roberta Sykes Scholarships, a scheme assisting Indigenous Australians to pursue postgraduate study at leading overseas universities.
The five recipients are: University of Queensland graduate Baringa Kukoyi, UNSW graduate Julia Moriarty, Western Sydney University graduate Charles Prouse, Australian Catholic University graduate Ruby Warber and University of Technology graduate Alison Whittaker.
Our 2017 Scholars are jointly supported by the Australian Government, Boston Consulting Group, the British Government through the Chevening program, Cambridge Australia Scholarships, the Cambridge Commonwealth, European & International Trust, the Katrina Dawson Foundation, London School of Economics and Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.
Speaking about the scholarships, the Chair of the Roberta Sykes Foundation, Peter Waters said:
“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.”
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.