There’s a lot of truth to the adage that if you need a job done, give it to a busy person and Vaanathy Kandiah certainly fits that bill!
Vaanathy was Kormilda’s 2012 School Captain, and is now in her second year at Charles Darwin University studying for a Bachelor degree in Commerce, majoring in Economics.
On top of her busy studies, Vaanathy is also the Mentor Program Coodinator at Kormilda, where she puts in over 16 hours a week between the administration and mentoring of Indigenous boarding students.
Vaanathy was recently awarded a Scholarship to undertake an intensive study program at the highly-acclaimed University of Marburg, near Frankfurt in Germany commencing July through to the end of the year.
The International Undergraduate Study Program (IUSP) brings together students from the world over to study a range of challenging subject areas that also includes comprehensive German language studies throughout her six month residency. Vaanathy is fortunate to have learnt a basic understanding of the language from Primary school and is preparing to immerse herself in the language which will also serve as an orientation to her new surroundings.
A four-week summer program will focus on countries within the Middle East to gain an understanding of their politics and conflicts and approach the issues involved from an angle of political sciences, economics, and sociology, as well as cultural and regional sciences.
Vaanathy was selected as one of 60 international undergraduate students who share a keen interest in politics and economics. The University of Marburg is the world’s oldest university that was founded as a Protestant institution in 1527. It has been a place of research and teaching for nearly five centuries.
Indigenous student gains prestigious award
An outstanding Indigenous student has become the first recipient of a scholarship that will cover his entire tuition at Charles Darwin University.
Tiwi Islander George Kypreos said the scholarship would help him achieve his goal in developing self-management on remote Indigenous communities.
George will use his CDU Into Uni Higher Education scholarship to study Humanitarian and Community Studies.
“Living in a community, I experienced the issues firsthand. I also have a strong connection with my family and my culture.”
George said he wanted to help Indigenous residents in remote communities across Australia gain self-management and have their voices heard.
He welcomed the financial support provided by the scholarship and encouraged others to apply in the Semester 2, 2014 round.
“It’s something to be proud of and it’s something that everyone should work towards,” he said.
George was presented with the scholarship by Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor, Academic Associate Professor Deborah West, at a recent event.
George graduated from Kormilda College last year, where he was college captain. He is a former NT Youth Parliament representative and has played for the Nightcliff Tigers in the Northern Territory Football League and for Tapalinga in the Tiwi Islands Football League.
The Into Uni Higher Education scholarship is part of CDU’s Into Uni Project, which aims to improve access to higher education for students who have attended the partnering schools.
The scholarship is available to students who come from one of CDU’s Into Uni Project partner senior schools, Kormilda College or Centralian Senior College.
Funded by the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program, the project also includes mentoring opportunities for Indigenous students and an introduction to CDU’s online learning system.
– Story supplied courtesy Charles Darwin University http://www.cdu.edu.au/enews/stories/indigenous_scholarship