CMOC-Northparkes Mines (Northparkes) have announced the successful recipients of the 2020 Northparkes Indigenous Scholarships.
Lily Walsh from Forbes has been accepted into Charles Sturt University in Bathurst to study a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science and Kaitlyn Spence from Parkes has been accepted into Charles Sturt University in Orange to study a Bachelor of Health and Rehab Science.
Both Lily and Kaitlyn will receive $5,000 per year of their study as part of their non-technical scholarship. They will also receive a laptop to assist them with their tertiary studies. In addition to financial support, the students will receive work placements on site at Northparkes and throughout Australia.
Northparkes will provide constant support throughout the duration of their study and work placement opportunities during university holidays. This ensures scholarship holders can attend, enjoy and eventually obtain employment in their chosen field.
Lily is in her second year of university. “The financial support provided by Northparkes will help significantly with the ongoing costs of university. I am also really excited to undertake work placement at Northparkes to get some hands-on experience,” said Lily.
These scholarships are a result of a signed relationship agreement with the Wiradjuri Executive Committee (WEC) which aims to build sustainable Indigenous communities. The WEC meets quarterly to identify opportunities and develop projects which support Wiradjuri people in the local community. The WEC is made up of two members from the Wiradjuri Council of Elders, two from Peak Hill Local Aboriginal Land Council and two Northparkes employees.
Northparkes Managing Director, Hubert Lehman said, “The scholarship program is vital to Northparkes, both to help Indigenous people further their studies and also to help develop the Northparkes employee pipeline. Congratulations Kaitlyn and Lily – we are proud to welcome you both to our employee pipeline and we wish you all the best in your studies.”