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Closing the gap

Since the early 70s we have been working with Indigenous communities to offer students access to a great education.

St Catherine's is proud to play its part in closing the gap in Indigenous education by offering scholarships to our school. Our first scholarships were awarded in the 1990s and our partnership with the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) began in 2009.  We now work closely with the AIEF to provide places to Indigenous students who would like to be boarding students at St Catherine's.

Well supported

Our Indigenous students have a dedicated member of staff who coordinates communication between the girls and their families, the funding groups and our school staff. We ensure the girls are settled and feel supported while living and studying at St Catherine's.

To expand the aspirations of Indigenous students, we support opportunities for travel and new experiences. Some of our students have visited remote communities in Cape York and have also travelled to Nepal as part of the school's service education program.

We encourage all girls attending St Catherine's to participate fully in school life and to look for opportunities for leadership. In particular, the Indigenous students who have been prefects at the school have become role models for younger students both on campus and in their home communities. The school offers a wide range of sports and co-curricular programs and all students are encouraged to participate.

St Catherine's takes great pride in engaging young Indigenous women in their own education. By offering scholarships to the school, we hope to further develop strong relationships and collaboration with local Indigenous communities and the communities of our Indigenous alumni.

Apply for an Indigenous scholarship

AIEF Scholarship important dates

Applications open
26 November 2018 

Applications close
21 June 2019

Our Indigenous students in the news

 AIEF scholarship

 NAIDOC Day 2017