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Scholarship gives voice to Indigenous students


Zoe Satherley
8 October 2007
Boosting the number of Indigenous journalists is one of the aims of the $15,000 Koori Mail Scholarship being offered to an undergraduate Indigenous student attending Southern Cross University next year.

While open to Indigenous students applying for any Southern Cross University course, the scholarship gives preference to a student enrolling in the Bachelor of Media course.

Koori Mail chairman and Bundjalung man Russell Kapeen said he hoped that it would help address the current imbalance in Indigenous journalist numbers.

“Education is the key to a better future for our people and if the Southern Cross University scholarship does happen to go to a media student then we’ll be helping address the shortage of qualified Indigenous Australian journalists, especially in newspapers,” he said.

“A range of Indigenous voices is not often heard in the mainstream media. Supporting our own journalists means they’ll be better placed to help communicate and interpret issues for readers – black and white.”

The Koori Mail has been a long-time supporter of the Indigenous Scholarship at Southern Cross University and Russell said it allowed the Indigenous-owned newspaper to give back to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to which it owed a great deal of its success.

Indigenous students enrolling in a full-time undergraduate degree on one of the three Southern Cross University campuses next year are eligible to apply for the scholarship, which is valued at $5,000 per year over three years.

Any high school leaver within the Southern Cross University feeder region who has already applied for entry and scholarships will be automatically considered for the Koori Mail Scholarship. Applications for mature age students and high school leavers outside the feeder region close on 16 November. Applications can be downloaded from For more information email or phone Rebecca Park on 02 6620 3463.

Photo: Koori Mail chairman Russell Kapeen.