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New scholarships for Indigenous leaders

I am really pleased that the two recipients of the inaugural Campus Infrastructure and Services (CIS) Architecture Indigenous Leadership Scholarships have commenced in their courses this year. Nicholas (Nick) Winmar and Liam Coe are the successful applicants and are each undertaking study for a Bachelor of Architecture and Environment in the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Architecture Design and Planning.

Nick Winmar is originally from Perth and is a former professional AFL player, having played for the St Kilda Football Club and for the Sydney University AFL club. Through his association with the Sydney University AFL team, he was exposed to graduate and professional architects at a CplusC Architectural Workshop in 2015, inspiring his keen interest in studying architecture. His three-year scholarship will assist him to fulfil his dream of becoming an architect.

Liam Coe is a Wirradjuri man who is driven by his passion for the advancement of Indigenous youth in relation to education, social issues and life choices. Already a student at the University of Sydney, Liam has been studying Applied Science (Sports and Exercise Science) and has competed at representative and semi-professional levels in a range of sporting codes including Rugby Union, Rugby League, athletics and basketball.

Both men have volunteered for the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME), a program that provides support to young Indigenous High School Students to increase school retention rates and university admittance. They are each eager to lead the way in improving the lives of Indigenous people, particularly young people, and to improve sustainability and protect the future of our country. We are very proud to have them as our inaugural scholarship holders, and we are confident they will use the funding and their opportunities wisely.

The CIS sponsorship of these scholarships is an extension of our commitment to the University’s Wingara Mura Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy, which aims to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student and staff numbers within the University of Sydney. In support of the key strategies behind Wingara Mura, CIS has committed to assisting the two students financially throughout their studies and to providing valuable work experience and mentoring within our business units in CIS.

On behalf of the University I wish Nick and Liam every success and look forward to working with them to ensure they meet their goals and kickstart what I have no doubt will be brilliant careers.

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