This year's Charlie Perkins Scholars are: University of New South Wales graduate Ashley Walker, and Western Sydney University and UNSW graduate Brook Andrew.
The Scholarships are designed to support Indigenous Australians who have the potential to become leaders in their field of study and in their communities, and are awarded on the basis of academic merit. This year's Scholarships are jointly supported by the Australian Government, Boston Consulting Group, the British Government through the Chevening program and Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford.
Ashley Walker belongs to the La Perouse Aboriginal community and is a descendant of the Walbunga clan of the Yuin Nation in NSW. Ashley will undertake a Master of Business Administration at the Saïd Business School and Trinity College, Oxford. Ashley graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales in 2012.
Brook Andrew, a descendant of the Wiradjuri nation in New South Wales and one of Australia's leading artists, is undertaking a DPhil in Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art and St John's College, Oxford. Brook graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in 1993 and a Master of Fine Arts (Research) in 1999.
Both Ash and Brook were participants on the Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour.