Chloe Wighton – finding a home base at Women’s College
Thursday 11 August 2016
Chloe Wighton says that she was determined to set an example to her siblings and prove to them that it is possible to leave home and “do something different”. The University of Sydney Bachelor of Arts Graduate in 2014 did just that - as winner of the University’s Sister Alison Bush Medal in 2015, nominee for Young Australian of the Year in 2014 and a Semi Finalist in the 2014/15 NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards.
Coming to the University of Sydney from her home in Gilgandra, NSW, Chloe is the eldest of seven children and was the first to undertake tertiary education in her family. As a proud Wiradjuri woman, Chloe is an ambitious, capable Indigenous woman whose drive achieved academic success, as well as a demonstrated ability to advance the issues concerning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to raising awareness of constitutional recognition.
Chloe has stated that her start at Sydney University was a rocky one and in her first year she often wondered what on earth she was doing at uni. Battling an awful homesickness and the rigours of a completely new life and routine, Chloe attributes her eventual settling and success to three key things:
“a personal stubbornness not to give in, a willingness to utilise the academic support offered through ITAS and Women's College, where I was resident throughout my Bachelor of Arts degree, and the motivation and purpose provided by my work as a Project Officer at Recognise.”
Chloe was the recipient of a Women's College Indigenous Scholarship throughout her university studies. During the three years of her Arts degree Chloe made significant contributions to the College, University and broader communities.
Living on campus at Women’s enabled Chloe to get involved in campus societies and events and co-ordinate the University of Sydney's National Indigenous Tertiary Education Games. In addition to her considerable commitments on campus, Chloe continued an involvement with the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA) which she had begun as a participant at school in Dubbo. During her three years of university Chloe was a volunteer and a Director on the Board of NASCA.
Chloe's work as a Project Officer at Recognise (2012-15), and her personal commitment to promoting constitutional recognition for Aboriginal people, has taken her on the road to remote communities to speak at awareness raising events, pushing Recognise's message into areas where it has not always had a voice. The sheer volume and scale of Chloe's work over the past three years, undertaken in addition to her university studies, demonstrates the depth of her commitment to public advocacy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Get a feel of what Uni life is all about
Sydney University Open Day is on Saturday 27 August 2016 and Women’s College is open for tours that day too. All students are welcome to join! Please register online by Thursday 25 August or just pop in on the day. This is a great way to get a feel of university life and to make connections with our student ambassadors and College Staff that are able to provide support with applications, scholarships etc.
The Women’s College Scholarship Program
Women’s College offers a number of scholarships for rural/regional students to live at the College, including the Katrina Dawson Foundation Scholarships, Indigenous specific scholarships and several other dedicated scholarships for both rural and metropolitan students.
The Women’s College Indigenous Scholarships are worth up to $45,000 AUD paid in 15,000 instalments per year (for up to 3 years), reviewed annualy based on academic merit.
- be a female of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
- identify as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
- be accepted as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander in the community in which you live or have lived
- be accepted into a full time course at the University of Sydney
- be accepted for residency at The Women's College
How to apply?
You’ll need to complete an application for residence in addition to a Scholarship application. Scholarship applications are assessed on a number of criteria: academic merit, financial need, leadership, contribution to school/community and extracurricular activity.
Applications for scholarships at Women’s close on 4 October 2016
If you are hoping to apply and would like to find out further information about these scholarships, please contact Ann Armstrong at: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 02 9517 5018.