2017 Aurora Scholars on International Study Tour
On Saturday 21st October, this year's Aurora Scholars left Australia for their 5 week Study Tour of leading world universities in the United States and United Kingdom. The Scholars will visit Berkeley, Stanford, Harvard, Columbia and NYU in the US, and Cambridge, London Business School, London School of Economics and Oxford in the UK.
Across the five weeks, the Scholars will immerse themselves in life on campus: attending lectures and events; meeting students and academics; and gaining a sense of which university may be a right fit for them to undertake postgraduate study.
This year’s group comes from a diverse range of study areas, from social science, communication, law, and public policy, to health, education, psychology and creative arts.
This years promising scholars include:
- Marijke Bassani
- Eloise Bentley
- Chloe Ngelebe Ford
- Connor Haddad
- Jarrod Hughes
- Lauren Hutchinson
- Natalie Ironfield
- Jenna-Maree Jacob
- Samara King
- Frederick Leftwich
- Neika Lehman
- Shakara Liddelow-Hunt
- Tina Raye
- Erin Richardson
- Marlee Silva
- Rebecca Simpson
- Justin Stankovic
- Blayne Welsh
- Geoffrey Winters
Those participating in the 2017 program were joined by supporters of the Study Tour from the not-for-profit, philanthropic and education sectors at a Sydney reception held on the 19th October. Speakers included past Scholars, Joe West (emcee and 2016 Aurora Scholar), Jade Geia (2016 Aurora Scholar) and Leila Smith (2012 Aurora Scholar, and 2013 Charlie Perkins Scholar to Cambridge).
Leila reflected on her peers in the 2012 Aurora Study Tour, as well as those that were accepted into these prestigious universities, and how these opportunities were only possible due to the sacrifices, and great advances made by those that came before them.
‘The generation before mine, our Elders, which include Charlie Perkins and many others in their generation, they held the line for us. They were the trailblazers. These students in the photos they are the trail-guides, so too are the many others who stand beside them in the public service, the universities, our community organisations, and the private sector.’
Leila shared that she has witnessed the proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander first year medical students reach population parity, and many of these students graduating, five years on.
Since its inception in 2011, 99 talented Indigenous Australians have participated in the Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour. To date, 44 participants have applied to study at the universities visited and 39 of the 44 (89%) have been accepted to at least one of these universities.
From all of us here at Aurora, we wish all of the 2017 Study Tour participants a safe and exciting trip, and we hope it’s an insightful experience for all.
To read the full biographies of the 2017 scholars please click here