Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) CEO Andrew Penfold says his scholarship program allows indigenous students from remote and rural communities to broaden their horizons and receive a first-class education.
The program encourages aboriginal children to build a peer group of friends beyond their local community, while giving their new classmates a deeper understanding of the indigenous experience.
The Foundation supports 400 scholarship students at schools around the nation and after 12 years has educated more than 700 students.
Mr Penfold said he started the program in response to “demand from indigenous parents and families and students all around the country”.
“These kids are coming out of school really well educated and job ready,” he told Sky News host Peta Credlin.
He said the driving factor in the selection process was the child’s enthusiasm for an opportunity and yearning for something more in life than they could get from their own community.
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