Scholarships and bursaries make Harvard dreams a reality
Thursday 19 March 2015
Kathleen Jackson, a Wiradjuri woman from Gulgong in New South Wales, once thought that Harvard was only the stuff of myth and movies. But thanks to the Roberta Sykes Harvard Club Scholarship, it became the place where she was accepted to undertake a doctoral program in African and African American Studies in 2013.
The Roberta Sykes Harvard Club Scholarship, valued up to $60,000 per annum, provides funding to enable outstanding Indigenous postgraduates to study at Harvard University. The Scholarship covers university and college fees, travel costs and living expenses and is currently accepting applications.Thanks to the generous support of Roger Massy-Greene and the Eureka Benevolent Foundation, we are also excited to announce that a new Aurora Harvard Club Scholarship will be open for applications later in 2015.
According to Kathleen, the study facilitated by the scholarship has helped her find her passion, “and a community where I can be myself”. She is now in the second year of her PhD.
“Harvard became a realistic opportunity for me following the annual Aurora International Study Tour. The people at Harvard were so lovely and they ‘got it’. I could talk to them with such ease and they understood my research. Harvard stopped being the wonderful and mythical university from the movies and became a place full of passionate researchers and academics, and people like me.”
The Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation also offers bursaries which support the professional development of Indigenous leaders looking to expand their management skills through short executive courses at recognised universities like Harvard. The bursaries provide the opportunity to attend one of the world's leading universities, develop networks of professionals from around the globe and learn from the leading experts in your field. The value of each bursary is up to $20,000, and in many cases, the applicant’s employee contributes the other half of the costs.
Previous recipients of the Roberta Sykes Harvard Club bursary include:
• Duane Vickery, an Indigenous man who has established a small business to provide management and human resource training to Indigenous organisations. Duane attended a Harvard Kennedy School course in leadership training.
• An Indigenous councillor from a remote Western Australian local council, who attended a Harvard negotiating course to improve her skills in bringing mining companies and her local community together on economic development projects.
• An Indigenous community leader from North East Victoria, who attended a Harvard Kennedy School course in 'innovation in governance in community organisations' to develop the skills to implement a community-based eco-tourism business around traditional local eel breeding and fishing.
• A rising Indigenous 'star' in the Commonwealth public health service, who attended a public administration course at Harvard.
Applications for the Roberta Sykes Harvard Club Scholarships and bursaries are open now and we would love to hear from you!
For more information and instructions on how to apply, please visit the Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation website or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.