Scholarships awarded

In October, CA ANZ President Jane Stanton and CPA Australia’s IAA Relationship Manager Richard Hurst presented the Inaugural CAANZ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarships to recipients during a ceremony in Perth.

The two recipients, Shaun Luk and Rhys Lavis, are both employed at Chevron, one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies.

The scholarships cover the costs of the CA Program, CA Study Masterclass and Provisional membership and are valued at $10,000 each. Shaun and Rhys were congratulated by existing members, and IAA wished them the best as they continue to learn and develop in their careers with the support of the CA ANZ program, staff and wider network.

On the same day as the scholarship ceremony, the Native Title Registrar certified a $1.3 billion cash and land package recognising the Noongar people as the traditional owners of WA’s South West. Uncle Kevin Fitzgerald performed a Welcome to Country at the event, and his elation was evident as he acknowledged the years of hard work to get to this point and the work still to do.

Two CPA Scholarships have also recently been awarded to high achieving Indigenous students. Esther Duroux was presented with her scholarship at the World Congress of Accountants (WCOA) in the company of many of our Indigenous delegates, CPA Australia members and IAA staff. Esther is a graduate of Deakin University, a mother of five and previously worked at the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance. She now works in the not-for-profit sector at Elizabeth Morgan House, which provides services and support to Aboriginal women and children experiencing family violence.

Earlier in the year, Kirsten Shaw was awarded a CPA Scholarship. Having moved from Brisbane to Melbourne, Kirsten is now a graduate at Telstra. She has completed her first subject and is looking forward to applying her newly acquired knowledge and skills to her work. Kirsten also attended WCOA in November, where she enjoyed hearing from young accountants aspiring to change the world and where she could see first-hand the value of continual learning.

IAA congratulates all scholarship recipients on their fantastic achievement. We’re confident that they will embrace this opportunity and thrive in their respective programs.

Read about available scholarships here: https://www.indigenousaccountants.com.au/resources/scholarships/