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Indigenous Scholarships

Indigenous Scholarships

Loreto Normanhurst is proud to offer a dedicated Indigenous Program to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from across Australia

Loreto Normanhurst offers Indigenous Scholarships to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students so they may have a greater educational opportunity than perhaps is available in their own community. These students are drawn from all over Australia: Bourke, Broome, Darwin and other parts of NSW. The school works in partnership with the students’ families and communities so they remain connected to their community in a relevant and respectful way. This program is supported by generous donations to the school’s Indigenous Scholarship Fund and in its partnership with the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF).

For those Indigenous students in our program, we aim to:

  • Encourage and nurture students’ cultural knowledge and understanding.
  • Instill a spirit of acceptance and individuality, with the ability to recognise different backgrounds, challenges and experiences with a deep understanding and compassion.
  • Continue our commitment to Reconciliation through the Loreto Normanhurst Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), as well as through acknowledging and supporting Close the Gap initiatives.
  • Support students’ academic study to foster a sense of independence and confidence.
  • Work in partnership with students’ families and communities so they remain connected to their community in a relevant and respectful way.
  • Encourage students to connect with each other, the land and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are living locally. This four-pillar program focuses on: Strong Mind, Body and Spirit, Connection to Country, Communication through the Arts, and Deadly Sisters (women’s business).
  • Provide a dedicated space that encompasses Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and that is welcoming and safe for students, family and community.  

For our entire Loreto Community, this program:

  • In line with our Strategic Plan, supports the development of a diverse community of young women, who grow in empathy for others, build dialogue by sharing perspective and story, and are prepared to contribute to a future Australia and inter-connected world.
  • Ensures that, as a community, we are culturally sensitive and better educated than ever before about Indigenous issues, driving authenticity and action in the area of justice for First Nations peoples.

Important Dates

Indigenous Scholarship application submissions for 2024 have now closed. 

Criteria and Steps to Apply

  • Indigenous Scholarships are for new students seeking entry in Year 7 to 10 as a Boarder, who meet the enrolment policy guidelines, who are in financial need and who are eligible for ABSTUDY to attend AIEF partner schools.
  • Preference is given to applicants seeking Year 7 entry.
  • The Indigenous Scholarship covers tuition, boarding fees and some incidental expenses and may be full or partial. Application and Enrolment Fees are waived for Indigenous Scholarship applications.
  • The Enrolments team will invite Applications for an Indigenous Scholarship from families who have expressed an interest in an Indigenous Scholarship on their Enrolment Application.
  • Should you wish to discuss your interest in an Indigenous Scholarship please contact the Enrolments team who will guide you through this process.
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