Richard Ryan AO (pictured), Chairman of the Bridging the Gap Foundation, says the Foundation is proud to announce, in partnership with ICHM, two Indigenous scholarships, which will provide education and employment opportunities for Indigenous students.
‘The scholarships are open to Indigenous students from anywhere in Australia who wish to obtain qualifications in hospitality’, he says.
ICHM will provide the funds for tuition for the two students, with the Foundation providing support in the form of accommodation, books and uniforms. The students’ families will also be required to make a small contribution.
Gerald Lipman says ICHM will provide support for the students from the classroom to the workforce.
‘In partnership with the Foundation we have identified the need to provide educational opportunities for Indigenous students in the hospitality sector.
‘Our support program is dedicated to ensuring the transition to our campus is as seamless as possible’, he says.
An Indigenous mentor will be available on campus, along with a counsellor and learning support. The mentor will also provide support while the students are on placement.
The scholarships are available for intakes in July 2018, January 2019 and July 2019.
Australia’s Indigenous communities face numerous challenges, reflected in a 10-year gap in the average life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians with health and education being major contributors to this gap.
Established through the Menzies School of Health Research and Charles Darwin University, the Bridging the Gap Foundation funds research and undertakes projects in health and education to address one of Australia’s most urgent issues: the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians’ health and education opportunities and outcomes.
Tourism and hospitality are growth industries, particularly in the Northern Territory and South Australia in both regional and urban locations.
For more information about the scholarships contact:
08 8228 3620