New scholarship helps Indigenous students to pursue career in mining

March 2, 2015

Boddington Gold mineOne of Australia’s largest producing gold mines has pledged five scholarships to Murdoch University to encourage Indigenous students to aspire to a career in the mining industry.

The scholarships, worth $24,000 over three years, come from Newmont Boddington Gold (NBG) located in the Peel region, south-east of Perth.

Darren Hall, General Manager, NBG said the Newmont Kalyagool Kadadjiny Scholarships provide financial support to Aboriginal students enrolled, or planning to enroll, in full-time study at Murdoch University, who aspire to work in the mining industry.

“The launch of the NBG Kalyagool Kadadjiny Scholarships marks an important milestone in the NBG’s commitment to diversity and inclusion,” Mr Hall said.

“In the local Noongar language kalyagool kadadjiny means ‘always thinking, listening and learning’ and not only reflects the intent of the scholarships, but also Newmont’s approach to diversity and inclusion across the site.”

Murdoch University’s Manager of Development, Dana Henderson, said this kind of support through scholarships was invaluable and that the University valued the contribution and commitment made by NBG to students.

“NBG have made a significant contribution by committing to providing one scholarship a year for the next five years,” Ms Henderson said.

“The successful applicant will receive $8,000 each year for three years and will be able to use that money towards course fees and study materials.”

To be eligible applicants must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, of Aboriginal descent and be intending to enroll or be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree at Murdoch University.

In applying applicants must provide a personal statement outlining how their course relates to the mining industry and is of benefit to the community, their career aspirations and linkage to country. They must also supply written references from two people who can comment on their academic studies and contributions to the community.

Preference will be given to students from the South West of Western Australia with specific cultural linkage to the Gnaala Karla Booja Native Title Claimant Group or other Noongar people.

Applications close on March 13. More information is available on the Murdoch University website.

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