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2014 Roberta Sykes Scholarship Recipients Announced
Left to right: Michael Bryden, Nathan West and Kristopher Wilson
The Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of three Roberta Sykes Scholarships, a scheme assisting Indigenous Australians to pursue postgraduate study at leading overseas universities.
The three recipients are: Monash University graduate Michael Bryden, University of Newcastle graduate Nathan West, and Flinders University graduate Kristopher Wilson as three recipients of this year’s Roberta Sykes Scholarships.
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 M.Phil in Criminological Research at the University of Cambridge.
Nathan West, a descendant of the Biripi people, completed his Bachelor of Construction Management with First Class Honours, achieving a Distinction average throughout his degree. Nathan has been accepted to both the M.Phil in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge, and the M.Phil in Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford.
Kristopher Wilson, a descendant of the Arabunna people, has been accepted to undertake a DPhil in Cyber Security (Law) at the University of Oxford. He completed his Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at Flinders University, and Master of Laws (Media and Technology) at the University of New South Wales. Kristopher received the Ken Wanganeen Medal from Flinders in 2012.
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 in October and December 2014.
Learning to Lead Program in October 2014: 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.
- Course dates: 8-10 October 2014.
- Applications are currently closed.
Leading for Results Program in December 2014. 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).
- Course dates: 1-5 December 2014.
- Applications are currently open and close 28 July 2014.
For more information, contact email@example.com. To apply for a bursary to attend the Learning to Lead program, please visit the CEW website https://cew.site-ym.com/?page=ltoL14
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: