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
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
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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