Media Release

23 February 2009

Promising Indigenous students recognised in DFAT's Roni Ellis Indigenous Study Awards

Two University of Canberra students undertaking the Foundation Program through the Ngunnawal Centre, were today presented with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Roni Ellis Indigenous Study Award.

The Foundation Program assists Indigenous students who have come late to tertiary studies or are improving their qualifications before embarking on a degree.

The awards were presented to students Kiyah Missen and Shane Kim by DFAT Secretary Michael L’Estrange. Ms Missen, who received the award for the first semester 2008, is studying towards a Bachelor of Arts degree. The recipient of the second semester award, Mr Kim, is studying towards a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture.

Each award winner receives a bursary of $1,000.

The awards were launched in 2001 in the memory of Roni Ellis, an Indigenous DFAT employee who died of leukemia in 2000. Roni joined DFAT in 1991, where she managed the promotion of Australia’s Indigenous culture and art abroad. She was instrumental in building understanding of Indigenous culture and history among her many friends and colleagues in Australia and overseas.

Thirteen awards have been made to Indigenous students from the University of Canberra since their launch.

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