MADALAH staff and supported scholars visited South32 to celebrate the newly formed partnership.
MADALAH Board, staff and supported scholars would like to thank South32 for partnering with us to provide scholarships to tertiary students to study at Australia’s leading universities. Under this new partnership, South32 will be directly supporting 11 tertiary students in 2022 from regions throughout WA.
The launch started with an Acknowledgement of Country, followed by an insight into the company and available intern opportunities by Shane Beros, Principal Community, and Jessica Pritchard, Principal Human Resources.
Jeanice Krakouer, MADALAH Chair, and supported tertiary scholar Jaden Dzubiel also spoke, both thanking South32 for the opportunity. Jaden is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Computer Science and Management. He stated, “The scholarship allows me to focus more on university without the financial stress. It also means I am able to receive other opportunities to further advance my academic career”.
Jeanice then presented South32 with a glass Coolamon, handmade by students from one of our partner schools; Prendiville Catholic College, where supported scholar Kaide Wheelock graduated in 2020. The Coolamon is a traditional Aboriginal carrying vessel with curved sides. Their shape, like a canoe, mimics the journey of life, they are traditionally used to support many points of that journey. MADALAH feels that this fits beautifully with what we do, supporting students throughout their education journey and beyond.
It was wonderful for the scholars and South32 staff to network over afternoon tea, sharing information about their chosen fields, courses and aspirations alike.
Unfortunately, six of the students being supported couldn’t celebrate with us on the day, but South32 will be supporting these students throughout their education journey and look forward to catching up at the next event.
The support that MADALAH receives from our corporate partners like South32 allows us to provide quality education to Indigenous students, leading the way in generational change through education. MADALAH would once again like to thank South32 for working with us to make a difference!