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Terry Roberts Scholarships

10 August

Terry Roberts Scholarships

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Tallulah Bilney and India Shackleford have more in common than just their study in STEM-related courses at university. Both young Aboriginal women want to give back to their communities and both have been awarded the 2017 Terry Roberts Memorial Scholarship.

The scholarship, funded through the Department of State Development, was established in 2007 in honour of the late South Australian Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, a passionate advocate for Aboriginal people. It supports Aboriginal people to succeed in their studies by providing $2000 annually for up to four years to help with study and living expenses. 

Tallulah, originally from Ceduna, is studying a Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Adelaide and plans to take her skills and knowledge home with her.

“When I finish my studies I hope to go back home and help my community. In the future, I would like to work in remote nursing,” Tallulah said.

India is studying a Bachelor of Enhanced Science (Honours) at Flinders University and is looking forward to heading overseas to continue her studies. 

“I hope to study abroad, and one of my dreams is to study at Oxford. Long term, my goal is to work in a forensic science department in Australia or overseas,” India said.

“By becoming a forensic scientist, I believe that I would be using my qualifications for the benefit of the Australian community, helping to ensure that justice is served.”

The students say the Terry Roberts Memorial Scholarship will provide practical support, allowing them to purchases textbooks and equipment for their courses.

“It will also enable me to place a greater focus on my studies and take up opportunities such as internships and scientific volunteering that might not have otherwise been possible,” India said.

Both women plan to use their achievements to inspire others.

“I will be the first person in my family to complete university and I want to be a role model for other people, and encourage them to go to university,” Tallulah said.

“I am a proud Indigenous woman of Ngarrindjeri and Kaurna heritage.

“I feel very honoured to have been chosen as a joint recipient for this scholarship, and proud to be given the opportunity to act as an Aboriginal ambassador for South Australia.”

The inaugural Terry Roberts Memorial Scholarship recipient, Rebecca Richards, also achieved the distinction of being Australia’s first Aboriginal Rhodes Scholar. 

Visit the Terry Roberts Memorial Scholarship page to find out more.