The highest achieving Ganbina participant for 2018 was awarded for her achievement at a presentation morning tea in Shepparton on Tuesday.
In partnership with La Trobe University’s Ngarrapna Indigenous Education Unit, Shepparton High School indigenous student Trinity Peachey was awarded as recognition of her ATAR score and achievements in completing VCE.
Created in 2015, the annual award celebrates and reflects on the educational journeys of indigenous students while encouraging them to continue their study through university or further education.
Ganbina chief executive officer Anthony Cavanagh said it was promising to see a significant increase in the amount of indigenous students graduating in VCE or VCAL studies in recent years.
Since the awards were formed, each previous graduate has enrolled in university and continued their education pathways in courses such as arts, architecture, nursing and health sciences.
As part of the award, Trinity received a $500 cash prize and support towards further studies in her chosen course.
She thanked Ganbina and La Trobe University, and said she was looking forward to completing bio-medical science at RMIT university in Bundoora.
‘‘This will definitely help and assist me with my journey; Ganbina have helped me gain confidence in myself and my culture,’’ she said.
‘‘I’m hoping to eventually get into cancer research and work somewhere like a diagnostic centre.’’
La Trobe University senior indigenous academic enrichment officer Michael Chisholm said it was exciting to see students displaying leadership and qualities of success, saying the award would greatly benefit Trinity with her future studies.
‘‘With relocating to a city campus for study there is going to be costs there so hopefully the money goes some way towards alleviating the burden and pressures of moving from the country into the city,’’ he said.
‘‘This will hopefully give her the best opportunities to succeed in that new environment.’’