Media Release

15 November 2007

Roni Ellis Indigenous Study Awards 2007 - Recipients Announced

The Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Michael L’Estrange, will today present two students from the University of Canberra with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s 2007 Roni Ellis Indigenous Study Award.

The recipients are Mandy Braddick from Nowra, NSW and Jared Dorrington who grew up in Port Macquarie, NSW. Mandy, recipient of the award for first semester 2007, is studying towards a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design. Jared, the recipient of the award for second semester 2007, is interested in pursuing studies in exercise science and nutrition. Each award winner receives a bursary of $1000.

The Roni Ellis Indigenous Study Awards are made to the most promising Indigenous students studying the semester-long Foundation Program at the University of Canberra. The Foundation Program assists Indigenous students who have come late to tertiary studies or are improving their qualifications before embarking on a degree.

Eleven awards have been made previously to Indigenous students from the University of Canberra. Previous recipients are Andrew Horne (2001), from Queanbeyan, NSW; Melita Berthaly (2002), from Coonamble, NSW; Jillian Omosigho (2002), from Thursday Island, Torres Strait; Daphne Bennell (2003), from Albany, WA; and Mark Halloran (2003) from Tumut, NSW; Tarran Backhus (2004) from Amaroo, ACT and Jessica Wanganeen (2004), from Kambah, ACT; Nathan George (2005) from Wellington, NSW, Paul Schmider (2005) from North Queensland; and, Danielle Johnson (2006) from Nyngan, NSW and David Harley (2006) from Tasmania.

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.

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