A Tertiary Residential College at The University of New South Wales
Shalom College – 2019 Report
The Shalom Gamarada Indigenous Scholarship Program has been running since 2005. Its goal is to contribute to closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians through higher education and by increasing the number of Indigenous professionals.
To date, the program has supported approximately 100 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students. 50 students have graduated, including 24 Aboriginal doctors. Our Indigenous scholarship holders have had a pass rate of well-over 90% in the past 7 years - which exceeds that of non-Indigenous Australians. This is remarkable given the difficulty of long-haul courses like Medicine and Law which most of our students study and the fact that they come from seriously disadvantaged backgrounds, competing against the brightest and most privileged students from around Australia and the world. Shalom College provides a personal, inclusive and academic community to support Indigenous students throughout their degrees. In 2019, 25% of our residents were Indigenous.
Shalom Gamarada and Shalom College have been thrilled to partner with AIEF for 10 years within the Gamarada scholarship program. In that time there have been 64 students who have benefited from AIEF support, including many who have graduated. The remaining 2 AIEF supported students currently residing at Shalom College are engaged in the wider residential community and are on track to complete their degrees within the next 2-3 years. Many of them have also taken on important leadership roles within the college’s Indigenous student group, student government, and Residential Tutor team.