Tamara Murdock awarded ILC scholarship in memory of Murray Chapman
Thursday 15 October 2015
In its 20th Anniversary year, the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) launched the inaugural Murray Chapman Memorial Indigenous Land Management Scholarship at The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence on Wednesday 26th August 2015, in the presence of the Chapman family.
The scholarship was established in memory of the late Murray Chapman, the ILC’s first Indigenous CEO, and aims to support the ongoing educational development of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying in a land management discipline at an undergraduate or postgraduate level.
In its first year, the ILC has awarded the scholarship to Ms Tamara Murdock, a descendant of the Noongar and Yindjibarndi peoples of WA. In 2014, Tamara also received a Charlie Perkins Scholarship after being a member of the 2013 Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour . In October, she will commence the second year of an MPhil in Geography and the Environment at Green Templeton College, Oxford.
The first in her immediate family to attend university, Tamara graduated from Edith Cowan University with First Class Honours in a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Management) in 2011 and worked as a Project Coordinator at Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation from 2011 - 2014.
In her acceptance speech, Tamara spoke about her strong connection to country which was established from a very early age, spending as much time as possible out on country, out bush or at the beach with her family in Geraldton, Western Australia.
“The programs run by the Aurora Education Foundation and the Roberta Sykes, Charlie Perkins and now the Murray Chapman Scholarships do more than just support individual Aboriginal people to undertake postgraduate studies. What they do is facilitate the building of a strong community at these universities, a strong Aboriginal presence. Which has proven, for someone such as myself, to be incredibly vital to being able to succeed over there but also to brings attention to Aboriginal culture and issues affecting Aboriginal people in Australia. But just as important the success of these programs and scholarships evidenced by the number of recent graduates, is showing Aboriginal people and particularly youth that as long as you’re committed and passionate about what it is that you do or want to do, you can achieve it and the support is there to help you do so.”
Speakers at the event also included former Aboriginal Affairs Minister Robert Tickner and Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek who described the scholarship as “A fitting way to celebrate Murray’s work”.
To read Tamara’s full speech from the award ceremony click here