2019 Indigenous Scholarships awarded
On Monday 15 April, the recipients of the Northparkes Indigenous Scholarships for 2019 were awarded during a presentation held onsite.
Sophie Cusack from Parkes has been accepted into Charles Sturt University in Bathurst to study a Bachelor of Nursing and Kristi Logan from Peak Hill has been accepted into Charles Sturt University in Dubbo to study a Bachelor of Nursing.
Both Sophie and Kristi will receive $5,000 per year of their study as part of their non-technical scholarship. The recipients also receive a laptop to assist them with their tertiary studies. In addition to financial support the students receive work placements on site at Northparkes and throughout Australia.
“I am extremely grateful to have been awarded this scholarship. Not only has it given me the opportunity to attend university, but it will assist with purchasing text books and support during my work placements,” said Sophie. After completing her degree, Sophie wants to specialise in mental health.
“This is a wonderful opportunity and I hope that I can encourage others to get involved in the future. Once I finish my degree, I am really hoping to go into community health. It is underutilised and understaffed area,” said Kristi.
Hubert Lehman, Managing Director, Northparkes, said, “It is with great pleasure that we welcome Sophie and Kristi to the scholarship program. We are proud to welcome them to our employee pipeline and we wish them all the best in their studies.”
These scholarships are a result of a signed relationship agreement with our 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.
“The scholarship program is vital to Northparkes, both to help Indigenous people further their studies and also to help develop the Northparkes employee pipeline,” said Hubert.
About CMOC-Northparkes Mines
Northparkes is a copper and gold mine located 27 kilometres north-west of Parkes, in the Central West of New South Wales, Australia. Since 1993 Northparkes has been celebrated for our high-quality copper deposits, low cost operations and loyal, committed people. Northparkes is a joint venture between China Molybdenum Co., Ltd (CMOC) (80%) and the Sumitomo Groups (20%).
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