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Name: Unngoorra Harbour
Age: 22
Graduated: Year 12, 2015, St Joseph’s Nudgee College
Studying: Bachelor of Biomedical Science at Queensland University of Technology
From: Winton, QLD

Unngoorra Harbour was 13 years old when he left the remote town of Winton to attend boarding school, more than 14 hours away, at St Joseph’s Nudgee College in Brisbane on an AIEF Scholarship.

“Coming from a small town, my interaction with different types of people was limited. At first, being at Nudgee, which had more students than my town’s population, was overwhelming. But by the second week, I had already made friends and, surprisingly, the first term of boarding school seemed to fly by.”

Unngoorra believes boarding school helped him mature and transformed the way he sees the world.

“The opportunity for students to attend quality schools shows kids from remote places that there is a whole wider world out there, and also gives them skills and experiences that they are able to take back and share with their home communities.”

Proudly Warluwarra, Yirendali, Allyawarra and Eastern Arrente, Unngoorra dreams of becoming a GP and working to help improve the overall quality of life for Indigenous Australians living in remote communities and homelands.

After finishing Year 12, Unngoorra went on to study at university and in 2019 applied for an AIEF Internship Scholarship, undertaking work experience with AIEF Corporate Partner SAP, in order to develop his skills in a professional environment.

“Being at SAP was a very different and positive experience. I was exposed to the corporate world and gained an understanding of how a massive company like SAP works. I was able to gain some valuable communication skills whilst interning there.”

“As I have to live away from my family to study, the scholarship meant that I could put more focus into my studies and achieving the best marks possible, without having the stress of how to pay rent every week.”

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I’m so excited for the beginning of my adult life! I’ve finished school and am so happy with my results and I’ve accepted a job doing something I love. Thanks to AIEF especially who has helped me along the way. I can’t wait to see what the next few years have to offer.

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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.