Supporting Aboriginal Students in Ballarat

Some of Victoria’s highest achieving Aboriginal students are being supported to complete Year 11 and 12, thanks to the Marrung Education Scholarships program.

Juliana Addison MP today congratulated Marrung Education Scholarship recipient Latoya Gadd from Ballarat High School, who was among the 20 recipients of the scholarship from government schools across the state.

Miss Gadd’s achievement was recognised at a whole school assembly at Ballarat High School today to loud and supportive applause from the students and school community.

The Marrung Education Scholarships recognise students who demonstrate a high potential to succeed in their chosen pathway, including strong academic results and dedicated involvement in their local Aboriginal community.

Recipients of a Marrung Education Scholarships receive up to $5,000 a year over two years – to support students to complete Year 11 and 12.

More than 240 students have shared in more than $1 million worth of Marrung Education Scholarships since the program started in 2009.

Through the Marrung: Aboriginal Education Plan 2016-2026, the Victorian Government is working to improve education outcomes for Koorie Victorians.

The Victorian Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a great education.

Quotes attributable to Juliana Addison MP:

 “The Marrung Scholarship Program is about creating more opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to reach their full potential in whichever career pathway they choose.”

 “Congratulations to Latoya on receiving this scholarship in recognition of her hard work.”

“Like many students, Latoya has shown remarkable resilience to maintain focus and commitment during the difficult year that was 2020. I know that this resilience will hold her in good stead for the final two years of school and I look forward to hearing about her future achievements.”

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