A Tertiary Residential College at The University of New South Wales
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.
- 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.