Supporting students with a desire to succeed and give back to their communities

Gavin Wanganeen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship

"Please help support this scholarship and give someone with real potential that little extra support they need to achieve their academic goals" - Gavin Wanganeen.

The Gavin Wanganeen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship (GWATSIS) was established in 2005 with the simple goal of supporting disadvantaged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to complete a university degree, particularly those with a strong desire to succeed and give back to their communities.

The idea behind this goal was more ambitious - the belief that supporting the development of more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander role models in the community may help tip the balance of inequality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Eleven years and 24 recipients later, with a further three scholarships sponsored by corporate donors for final year Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to be awarded later in 2015, we believe the Gavin Wanganeen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship is 'kicking' both of these goals...

The Gavin Wanganeen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship is directly changing the lives of individuals who, in turn, are inspiring others to change their lives. Many of our scholarship graduates are now working in the areas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, education and social work while others are making their mark in the field of arts and media. The transformative power of education is in action, thanks to the generosity of our many donors!

About Gavin Wanganeen

Brownlow Medallist, premiership player, five-time All-Australian, Port Power best and fairest and first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander AFL Life Member, Gavin Wanganeen was a brilliant AFL player who is genuinely admired by all who love the game. More than that, he has become a role model for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth throughout the country, something he takes very seriously. That is why Gavin lent his patronage and encouragement to a scholarship set up by the University of South Australia to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students achieve their higher education goals.

"Football has given me some wonderful opportunities in my life, a strong sense of achievement and an understanding that role models can make a difference to people's lives. I believe Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids need a range of role models – some in sport but also, teachers, business leaders, nurses, researchers and other careers. The Gavin Wanganeen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship aims to assist more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to attend university so they can contribute by becoming leaders in Australia and good examples for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children across the country"

– Gavin Wanganeen

Scholarship details

The Gavin Wanganeen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship is open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders who are enrolled in any undergraduate program at the University of South Australia. Recipients are chosen from candidates who are financially or educationally disadvantaged, who can show that they have the will to succeed and who actively participate in community activity.

Read more about applying for the Gavin Wanganeen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship

Every dollar you give supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education

100% of your gift will go directly to support the Gavin Wanganeen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship – there are no administration fees, no overheads and no hidden costs.

This way you can ensure that your money is put to work immediately giving extra support to students with real potential.

Donate to the Gavin Wanganeen Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarship