2014 Charlie Perkins Scholarships awarded
Monday 1 September 2014
Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP attended the awards ceremony.
My Pyne said “This year’s winners Jessica Buck, Jessyca Hutchens and Tamara Murdock were chosen for their remarkable leadership qualities and academic excellence and it is exciting to imagine what they will go on to achieve.”
Jessica Buck - off to Oxford in September 2014
- A descendant of the Kamilaroi people, who lives in Newcastle
- Recently completed her fourth year of a Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Diploma of Languages (Japanese) at the University of Newcastle with a High Distinction average
- University of Newcastle Undergraduate Scholarship 2010; Premier’s Award for Outstanding Performance in the Higher School Certificate; Nanga Mai award for best performance by an Indigenous student in the HSC
- Shortlisted for the 2013 NSW Rhodes Scholarship and made it through to the national round for the Monash Awards
- Research assistant at the Center for Magnetic Resonance in Health at the Hunter Medical Research Institute
- Jessica will undertake an MSc in Neuroscience at Green Templeton College, Oxford.
Jessyca Hutchens - off to Oxford in October 2014
- A descendant of the Palyku people of WA
- In 2010, graduated from UWA with a Bachelor of Laws with Distinction and a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Fine Art History
- UWA Graduates Association Prize in Fine Arts in 2005; the Hackett Foundation Alumni Honours Scholarship in 2008; Dr Dorothy W & Dr Robert Collins Prize for Indigenous Law Students in 2010
- She is currently working as a sessional tutor at UWA and as a Compliance Officer at Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation in Perth
- Jessyca was accepted to both the D.Phil in Fine Arts at the Ruskin School of Art at Oxford and the M.Phil in the History of Art and Architecture at Cambridge. She has chosen to undertake the D.Phil in Fine Arts at Balliol College, Oxford.
Tamara Murdock - off to Oxford in October 2014
- Born and grew up in Geraldton in Western Australia and is a descendant of the Noongar and Yindjibarndi people
- Graduated from Edith Cowan University with First Class Honours in a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Management) in 2011
- Dean’s List for 2011; admission to the Golden Key International Honour Society; Yamatji Marlpa Corporation Values Award in 2013
- Currently employed as the Project Coordinator (Research, Environment and Heritage Protection) for the Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation
- Tamara will undertake an M.Phil in Geography and the Environment at Green Templeton College, Oxford.
There were 15 past and present Scholars who attended the awards ceremony in Canberra, including the recently announced recipients of the 2014 Robert Sykes Scholarships:
- Michael Bryden – who will undertake an M.Phil in Criminological Research at Trinity College, Cambridge
- Nathan West – who was accepted to both the M.Phil in Social Anthropology at Cambridge and the M.Phil in Social Anthropology at Oxford. He will undertake the M.Phil in Social Anthropology at Clare College, Cambridge
- Kristopher Wilson – who will undertake a D.Phil in Cyber Security (Law) at Jesus College, Oxford.
Tom Calma, Chancellor of the University of Canberra and a Trustee of the Charlie Perkins Scholarship Trust, said all of the Scholars are great examples of what can happen when Indigenous students have access to opportunities. He said, “the Scholars in the room today, and many others yet to come will be our future leaders and they are setting new standards for those who will come after them”.
Mr Pyne said that increasing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students is an essential part of the Government’s vision for a world class higher education system. He announced continued government funding for the Charlie Perkins Scholarships and for other aspects of The Aspiration Initiative, administered by the Aurora Project and the University of Canberra – programs which enable Indigenous students to excel academically at home and on the world stage.