Indigenous Support Fund

The Indigenous Support Fund facilitates the Yaitya Tipanthi Scholarship and the Yaitya Tipanthi Bursary

Established in 2021 with a generous donation from Professor Peter Høj AC, the purpose of the Indigenous Support Fund is to improve access to tertiary study and facilitate better higher education outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. 

Through the scholarship and bursary we can reduce the financial burden and create stronger foundations for our students’ success in life and their career. This will ensure they have the tools they need to excel in their chosen field of study.

Professor Peter Høj with Yaitya Tipanthi Scholarship recipient, Talara

Indigenous Support Fund

Providing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with better support systems as they start University is one of the priorities of Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Peter Høj AC, and was the motivation behind the new Indigenous Support Fund launched in 2021.

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Talara, Yaitya Tipanthi Scholarship recipient

The inaugural recipient of the scholarship is Talara McHugh, a Bachelor of Journalism student. With a passion for writing, Talara hopes to uplift Indigenous voices and stories in the mainstream media, be a positive representative for First Nations people and to inspire other young Indigenous women interested in media. 

“As a kid, I always wanted to study at university after graduating high school. My experience studying at the University of Adelaide has been great - I’ve been given the opportunity to do things I never thought I would and to work with people from all walks of life.” 

I am so grateful for this scholarship which will be a great support to me in my studies and help me to fulfil my dream. Talara
Professor Peter Høj with Yaitya Tipanthi Scholarship recipient, Talara
In establishing this fund, I hope to mark the beginning of a deeper connection between the University and current and future First Nations students, and provide more opportunities for students to explore and grow their personal, academic and cultural strengths.Professor Peter Høj AC, Vice-Chancellor and President

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How can you help?

If you feel passionately about the Indigenous Support Fund, we welcome donations of all sizes. Your gift will contribute to resources and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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Our staff pitch in

University of Adelaide staff are deeply committed to supporting the success and welfare of students, with the Indigenous Support Fund being a meaningful way that staff can encourage and assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

More information

For a discussion about how your gift can make a difference at the University, please contact the Advancement team on +61 8 8313 5800 or development@adelaide.edu.au.