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    Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    Scholarships support bright future for Rockhampton Indigenous students

    Minister for Local Government and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Mark Furner

    Friday, October 13, 2017

    Scholarships support bright future for Rockhampton Indigenous students

    The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation (QATSIF) will celebrate 95 Rockhampton students graduating Year 12 today in a ceremony at Central Queensland University.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Minister Mark Furner said the Palaszczuk Government was investing an extra $4.2 million towards the QATSIF scholarship program until 2021, bringing the total additional investment to $6 million..

    “I am proud we are investing in this scholarship program, which builds bright, positive futures for thousands of Queensland’s Indigenous students, who may otherwise miss out on senior schooling.

    “To date, more than 6000 scholarships have been awarded to students in more than 250 schools from all sectors throughout the state, including in regional and remote locations.

    “Last year, QATSIF scholarship recipients made up almost half of the state’s estimated Indigenous Year 12 cohort.

    “The additional funding committed in this year’s budget means an extra 2000 Indigenous students will now have the opportunity to complete their studies, graduate and enter the job market.

    “The Palaszczuk Labor Government will continue to remove obstacles to education and support proven programs to close the gap in education, which we know also leads to better job outcomes.”

    Member for Keppel Brittany Lauga congratulated the latest round of graduates on their fantastic achievement.

    “We don’t want cost to be a barrier to education, which is why initiatives such as these scholarships are important to relieve financial pressures on families and students,” Ms Lauga said.

    “This program makes senior high school education, including gaining a Queensland Certificate of Education, a viable option for more Indigenous students.

    “Today’s graduates should be very proud of what they have achieved, and I wish them well for an exciting future ahead.”

    Chair of the QATSIF Board of Advice, Professor Cindy Shannon, said she was grateful to have the benefit of a good education and felt privileged to lead the organisation in her current role since 2008.

    “Fellow Members of the Board of Advice and I celebrate the significant impact QATSIF scholarships have had on improved completion rates of Year 12 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait students in Queensland,” Professor Shannon said.

    “The sustained growth of QATSIF scholarships over a seven year period has made a significant contribution to improved outcomes and a ‘closing of the gap’ of which we are extremely proud.”

    QATSIF Patron Aunty Ruth Hegarty said she wears her QATSIF badge with pride, because it reminds her of all Year 11 and 12 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders working hard at their studies and valuing their scholarships.

    “To hear and to see the determined look on such young faces convinces me that their efforts to succeed are firmly fixed and the future looks good.”

    For more information visit www.qatsif.org.au

    Media contact: Minister Furner’s office – 0408 317 992