The Scotch College Indigenous Program aims to embed indigenous and non-indigenous students, staff and the broader school community in the foundational belief that education is both the key and hope for the future of indigenous Australians.
Our Indigenous Scholarship Program ensures that, during the most influential years of their lives, some 1880 Scotch boys have opportunity to learn from, and develop friendships with, indigenous students.
In the last 10 years, 12 indigenous students have successfully completed Year 12 and have enriched the School’s social, academic, sporting and other co-curricular activities and programs.
Students in the program are drawn from communities across the nation. The fundamental selection criteria are resilience, including a desire to complete Year 12, and the potential to flourish in a school such as Scotch.
At Scotch they develop the skills and the confidence to walk in both worlds of contemporary Australia. Scotch takes an innovative approach to community partnerships, academic support and mentorship. Fundamental to this is the support, encouragement and mentoring the boys receive from Scotch staff.
We work closely with indigenous community leaders to identify boys who have the capacity and family support, not only to survive at Scotch, but to thrive. These students are usually active in their communities.
We measure our success not only by completion rates, but also by the positive choices that our graduates have made in their lives beyond Scotch. By having access to a Scotch education, boys taking part in the program can become role models in their own communities.
With the support of the Scotch Family, we are seeking to establish a perpetual Indigenous Scholarship Fund, ensuring that this successful and inspiring programme continues to enrich our school culture, and creates a lasting impact.