Micah Kickett was among the six Indigenous students, three of whom were MADALAH scholarship recipients, who graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Australia this year. It was the highest number of Indigenous Law graduates in UWA’s history.
‘The support of my family, mentors, the School of Indigenous Studies and the Indigenous student body, along with many of my lecturers and peers, was fundamentally what kept me focused and motivated. I think there is a point where you realise you can do it. What stems from this is that you then see yourself in a position to contribute to Indigenous related issues within our communities. You also develop a desire to encourage and inspire others in the hope that they may consider taking a similar path,’ said Micah.
Micah commented that graduating was definitely a highlight of his life so far because throughout all the hardships and barriers he faced while studying, the experiences have equipped him for future endeavours and has given him the perseverance to keep striving for a better future for himself and for Indigenous communities. He went on to say, ‘the MADALAH scholarship really helped relieve some of the financial stress and the support they provided motivated me to pursue my educational aspirations.’
One of Micah’s law lecturers Professor John Fiocoo said, ‘Micah was a delight to have in my classes. He was engaged and enthusiastic about the subject matter, with a warm personality to match.’
Micah is now undertaking a Law graduate program with the Solicitor for the Northern Territory, Department of the Attorney-General and Justice. He is currently in Commercial Law and the Aboriginal Land Division, and will then move to Public Prosecutions, Legal Policy and to the Parliamentary Counsel section.
The MADALAH Tertiary scholarship helped with his costs of living in a residential college as well as other educational expenses. As a result, Micah was able make the most of his university experience and excel in his studies.