2017 Charlie perkins scholarship recipients
Brook Andrew (left) and Ashley Walker (right).
British High Commissioner to Australia, Her Excellency Menna Rawlings CMG, presented the 2017 Charlie Perkins Scholarships in Canberra in August in the presence of the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Scullion, with Senator Dodson also in attendance this year.
This year's Charlie Perkins Scholars are: Western Sydney University and UNSW graduate Brook Andrew and University of New South Wales graduate Ashley Walker.
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.
Brook, 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.
Ash is a Dhurga/Dharawal man belonging to the La Perouse Aboriginal community in coastal Sydney. Ash will undertake a Master of Business Administration at the Saïd Business School and Trinity College, Oxford. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales in 2012.
Both Brook and Ash were participants on the Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour.