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Indigenous student gains prestigious award

By Katie Weiss

Tiwi Islander George Kypreos is proud to be the first person to receive the Into Uni Higher Education scholarship. Pictured with Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor, Academic Associate Professor Deborah West Tiwi Islander George Kypreos is proud to be the first person to receive the Into Uni Higher Education scholarship. Pictured with Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor, Academic Associate Professor Deborah West

An outstanding Indigenous student has become the first recipient of a scholarship that will cover his entire tuition at Charles Darwin University.

Tiwi Islander George Kypreos said the scholarship would help him achieve his goal in developing self-management on remote Indigenous communities.

George will use his CDU Into Uni Higher Education scholarship to study Humanitarian and Community Studies.
 
“I always wanted to go back to the Tiwi Island community and help out with management there,” George said.

“Living in a community, I experienced the issues firsthand. I also have a strong connection with my family and my culture.”

George said he wanted to help Indigenous residents in remote communities across Australia gain self-management and have their voices heard.

He welcomed the financial support provided by the scholarship and encouraged others to apply in the Semester 2, 2014 round.

“It’s something to be proud of and it’s something that everyone should work towards,” he said.

George was presented with the scholarship by Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor, Academic Associate Professor Deborah West, at a recent event.

George graduated from Kormilda College last year, where he was college captain. He is a former NT Youth Parliament representative and has played for the Nightcliff Tigers in the Northern Territory Football League and for Tapalinga in the Tiwi Islands Football League.

The Into Uni Higher Education scholarship is part of CDU’s Into Uni Project, which aims to improve access to higher education for students who have attended the partnering schools.

The scholarship is available to students who come from one of CDU’s Into Uni Project partner senior schools, Kormilda College or Centralian Senior College.

Funded by the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program, the project also includes mentoring opportunities for Indigenous students and an introduction to CDU’s online learning system.