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Shalom College

A Tertiary Residential College at The University of New South Wales

Dr Hilton Immerman, Chief Executive Officer
(02) 9663 1366
Barker St Kingsford NSW 2032

Shalom College offers AIEF Tertiary Scholarships to eligible students residing at the college.

Shalom College – 2015 Report

Dr Hilton Immerman, Chief Executive Officer

In Australia in recent years, less than 50% of Indigenous students who commenced university completed their degrees. This is approximately 24% less than the rate for non-Indigenous students. The pass rate for Indigenous scholarship holders of Shalom College’s Shalom Gamarada Indigenous Scholarship Program at the University of NSW has been over 90% in the past 5 years - which exceeds that for non-Indigenous Australians.

The program offers residential scholarships to Indigenous students studying at the University of NSW which enable them to live on campus in a safe supportive environment whilst undertaking difficult, long-haul courses like Medicine and Law. This can make a real difference to closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Program Review

  • From one scholarship in 2005, we now have 23 AIEF-Shalom Gamarada Scholarships
  • The program has won two major awards:

- The Pauline McLeod Reconciliation Award in May 2015. It was issued by the Eastern Region Local Government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Forum which includes the councils of the City of Sydney, Waverley, Woollahra, Randwick, Leichhardt and Botany.

- The prestigious LIME Award in November 2007 – issued by the Medical Deans of Australian and New Zealand Universities – as a model of best practice in the recruitment and retention of Aboriginal medical students.

  • A total of 71 students have been supported in the 10 years of the Shalom Gamarada Indigenous Scholarship program’s existence.
  • 15 students have graduated to date including 10 Aboriginal doctors – with six Indigenous doctors graduating on 15 December 2014.
  • In the last 11 years, UNSW has gone from having one of the lower retention rates for Indigenous students, to having the best in the country.
  • Indigenous students at Shalom College represent 20% of Indigenous students studying Medicine at UNSW.

We are proud to partner with the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation which has enabled us to virtually double the number of scholarships available. Together, we are making a real difference to closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Indigenous Program Details

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Shalom Gamarada Indigenous Scholarship Program Enrolment History 2005-2015

Shalom College commenced the Shalom Gamarada Indigenous Scholarship Program with one scholarship student in January 2005. The program has grown rapidly since then and celebrated its first medical graduate in 2009, and another 16 graduates between 2010 and 2015.

After partnering with AIEF in 2010, the number of scholarships offered increased significantly.

In 2015, a total of 23 Indigenous students were supported.

Critical Mass 2015 - Residents

In 2015, Shalom College had a total of 130 residents, including 23 Indigenous students who were suppported through the Shalom Gamarada Indigenous Scholarship Program.

Degrees Studied by Indigenous Students at Shalom College

The Shalom Gamarada Indigenous Scholarship Program originally focused on Indigenous medical students to help tackle the shortage of Indigenous doctors. Following the success of the program and an increased demand for support of Indigenous students, admissions have been open to students pursuing any field of study at UNSW in recent years.

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My education didn’t stop when I finished school, but that’s where it started, and by providing scholarships at some of Australia’s best schools, AIEF is ensuring thousands of Indigenous children get the best start possible.

Warren Mundine
Chair, 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.