Murdoch student wins NAIDOC award June 18, 2014 Murdoch University student Jenna Woods A Murdoch University student has won the 2014 NAIDOC Perth Tertiary Scholar of the Year award. Jenna Woods, 23, from Gosnells, picked up the accolade at NAIDOC Perth’s awards night earlier this month after being nominated by her proud mum Kerry Woods. “It was a real surprise to me because the other finalist was amazing!” Said Jenna. “But I’m very excited to be recognised in this way and it will spur me on as I continue with my studies.” Jenna is studying full time for a double major in Community Development and Politics and International Studies at Murdoch. She juggles this with being a mother to her five year old son, Jayden, and casual work as a Kulbardi Ambassador for Murdoch University and Youth Worker for the City of Gosnells. She also represented Western Australia at the 2014 National Indigenous Youth Parliament and is an active member of Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre and Murdoch’s Indigenous Collective. In 2013, she won the Vice Chancellor’s Commendation for Academic Excellence and presented at the National Youth Affairs Conference in Adelaide for her work on a project exploring Indigenous young people’s street presence in and around the Perth to Armadale rail line. Jenna’s mum Kerry Woods said she had nominated her daughter for the award because she had achieved so much at Murdoch and beyond while pursuing her passions. “Her marks have been outstanding despite everything else she has going on in her life,” she said. “I felt she deserved some recognition which is why I nominated her.” After finishing her degree, Jenna is hoping to do honours and then move into the community sector. Although she has not definitively decided which area she would like to work in, she has a passion for working with young mothers and the domestic violence and substance abuse fields. Jenna hopes to one day return to Murdoch and undertake a PhD. Print This Post Media contact: Jo Manning Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Teaching and Learning, Domestic students, kulbardi Tags: city of gosnells, jenna woods, kulbardi, murdoch indigenous collective, naidoc, naidoc perth awards, national indigenous youth parliament, national youth affairs conference Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!