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Indigenous students find a strong foundation for success

Scholarship graduate and law student Jerone Wills speaks to The Weekend Australian about his journey from Palmerston to study in Brisbane and a second internship with HSBC.

The Australian – Hard-headed approach is needed to close the gap

The ninth Closing the Gap report reveals that only one of the seven Closing the Gap targets – Year 12 attainment – is on track to halve the gap by 2020. An editorial in The Australian following the release of the report calls on the government to back programs that produce proven results and highlights the success of AIEF students and graduates.

How education can unleash potential and produce transformative outcomes

AIEF General Manager, Strategy and Policy, Renée Coffey discusses the power of education to change the course of a young person’s life at TEDx Ipswich.

World was waiting for Jakheen

The Weekend Australian speaks to AIEF-BHP Billiton Scholarship Student Jakheen Coaby and his mentor Rob Carruthers from BHP Billiton.

The skills to change a nation

AIEF Executive Director Andrew Penfold AM is featured in the Freshfields Alumni newsletter, a publication distributed over 10,000 people globally. Andrew worked at Freshfields in London from 1991-1992 and in Hong Kong from 1995-1996.

Scholars’ vow: We will be astonishing

Speaking from the AIEF Year 12 Graduation ceremony in Brisbane, students Jamika and Kobe told The Weekend Australian they were determined to use their education to give back to their communities.

FGX donates $138K for Indigenous scholarships

Future Generation Investment Company (FGX) has donated $138,966 to the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF), of a total $2.29 million donation to Australian charities for the 2016 financial year.

Talk must lead to action

Speech by 2011 graduate Jemmason Power at an event to launch News Corp Australia's Reconciliation Action Plan in Brisbane.

The Weekend Australian – Scholarship opens kids’ eyes to all that is possible

The Weekend Australian speaks to AIEF-BHP Billiton Scholarship Student Jasmin Barunga-Lutch and fellow AIEF Scholar, Jhdara Jones at the AIEF Year 12 Graduation ceremony for NSW, VIC and WA schools, hosted by the Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove.

What my Scholarship has meant to me

Speech by Latiesha Dunbar at the Qantas Women of the Future Awards hosted by the Australian Women’s Weekly in Sydney.

The Australian – Mitch determined to match AIEF investment in success

Commonwealth Bank CEO Ian Narev and Mitch Heritage, the first AIEF Alum to successfully apply for the bank’s prestigious graduate program, speak to The Australian about how AIEF is helping young Indigenous Australians turn their dreams into reality.

The Australian – Program is transforming lives

The Australian calls on the federal government to support an AIEF proposal seeking funding tied to outcomes, under which AIEF would receive funding each time a student graduates from Year 12, with the funding to pay for the next student to enter the program.

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The encouragement and leadership provided by AIEF and its visionary establishment in 2008 has been a great investment in our nation.

Professor The Hon Dame Marie Bashir AD CVO
Patron, AIEF


The AIEF Scholarship Program and the AIEF Pathways Program are supported by the Australian Government in collaboration with individual, philanthropic and corporate supporters from the private sector.