Newmont Boddington Gold offers Murdoch scholarships to Indigenous students seeking mining careers

NEWMONT Boddington Gold (NBG) is offering a scholarship a year for the next five years to Murdoch University to encourage Indigenous students to aspire to a career in the mining industry.

Darren Hall, NBG general manager, said the Newmont Kalyagool Kadadjiny Scholarships provide financial support to Aboriginal students who are enrolled, or planning to enroll, in full-time study at Murdoch and wish to work in mining. The scholarships are worth $24,000 over three years.

“The launch of the NBG Kalyagool Kadadjiny Scholarships marks an important milestone in the NBG’s commitment to diversity and inclusion,” Mr Hall said in a news release. “In the local Noongar language kalyagool kadadjiny means ‘always thinking, listening and learning’ and not only reflects the intent of the scholarships, but also Newmont’s approach to diversity and inclusion across the site.”

Murdoch spokeswoman Dana Henderson, said winners will receive $8000 per year that can be applied towards course fees and study materials.

To be eligible, an applicant must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, of Aboriginal descent and be intending to enrol or be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree at Murdoch. Applicants must provide a personal statement outlining how their course relates to the mining industry and is of benefit to the community, their career aspirations and linkage to country. They must also supply written references from two people who can comment on their academic studies and contributions to the community.

Preference will be given to students from the South West of Western Australia with specific cultural linkage to the Gnaala Karla Booja Native Title Claimant Group or other Noongar people. Applications close on March 13.

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