Karnkanthi Indigenous Education Program

Our vision is to ensure the success of Karnkanthi students throughout their senior years of schooling and to prepare them for university by building on their unique personal, academic, and cultural strengths.

We've had some amazing opportunities... We've met some really important people who do a lot of cool things... and definitely inspired us, because they're professionals in some of the areas that we're interested in...Tyran, Karnkanthi Summer Camp, 2018

About the program

Translating to ‘lifting up’ in the Kaurna language, Karnkanthi ensures the success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, in Years 10, 11 and 12/13, as they transition from their senior years into university.

Karnkanthi offers a high expectations, high-support approach to student learning. Building a reciprocal relationship of trust, we are able to tailor a program of guidance and support that takes into account the individual needs and strengths of each successful applicant.

We understand that study at a senior level is an ongoing commitment and so we work closely with students to ensure that their academic growth and success is sustainable. Ultimately, our aims is to build within students the confidence and capacity to purse a university education that will empower them for life.

The Karnkanthi Indigenous Education program offers two distinct streams; the Karnkanthi Full Program and the Karnkanthi Associate Program.

Key benefits Full program Associates program
Access to private tutoring for school studies;
Opportunities to participate in academic, personal, cultural and career development activities
Financial support for travel and accommodation
Access to student development scholarships
  • Information for applicants

    Who can apply?

    Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students in Years 10, 11 and 12/13 who;

    • Demonstrate academic abilities
    • Are committed, motivated and ready to work hard to succeed
    • Have a passion for learning
    • Want to improve their chances of achieving a higher ATAR
    • Aspire to go to the University of Adelaide

    When to apply

    Students in Years 10 and 11 can apply at any time. Students in Year 12 must apply by June 30th to ensure that they can get the most out of the program during this critical period.

    How to apply

    Read and discuss the information and application with a parent/guardian or teacher. Complete the application form, including three referee statements, and return to the Karnkanthi Office at Wirltu Yarlu.

    Please ensure all sections are complete before submitting the application. We're only a phone call away if you'd like to discuss your application further. You can contact the Karnkanthi Project Officer on (08) 8313 1526 or 1800 651 763 (toll-free for national) or via email karnkanthi@adelaide.edu.au

    Opportunity for growth

    All students are encouraged to apply. Applicants will be awarded a position into either the Full Program or the Associates Program subject to their current academic standing. Based on the ethos of "lifting up", students in the Associates Program have the opportunity to grow into the Full Program.

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  • Frequently asked questions

    Is there a cost associated with the Karnkanthi program?

    The Karnkanthi Program is completely funded and runs at no cost to students or their families.

    Who can be a referee?

    People who know the student and their abilities or potential well can be a referee for the student, including;

    • Family friends
    • Community Leaders
    • Sporting coaches
    • Teachers
    • Aboriginal Education Workers
    • Principals
    • Mentors
    • Social Workers
  • Information for schools

    As a teacher and support staff, we trust your judgement in identifying the potential in your students, including those who may not have the confidence to apply.

    If you have students who demonstrate commitment to studies, show motivation, persistence and an aspiration to succeed and go to university, then we encourage you to nominate them for the program.