Vinnies to offer uni scholarships
The St Vincent de Paul Society in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn is set to make a major contribution towards helping to raise education levels of indigenous Australians.
The Catholic Voice reports that, beginning next year, the Society will offer scholarships, worth up to $4000 each, for indigenous students undertaking Bachelor of Education courses.
"Improving outcomes for indigenous students is something that the Society of St Vincent de Paul believes is important and worthy of practical encouragement and support," archdiocesan president Mr Russell Walls said.
"Over the past 30 years or so a great deal of progress has been, and is continuing to be made in raising the education levels of indigenous Australians, but much still needs to be done.
"It has been said that if we had more indigenous staff and assistants in the schools, then indigenous children would be likely to learn more and stay at school longer. Indigenous staff would not only be better able to relate to children of their own background, but would also be good role models. The society in the Canberra and Goulburn Archdiocese is keen to help achieve both these outcomes through a pilot scholarship scheme."
Mr Walls said the scholarships would be available for the second and subsequent years of study. They would be worth up to $4000 for a full-time student and $2000 for a part-time student.