Indigenous scholarships reach milestone

On Friday 15 June, Hale School celebrated the 20th year of its Indigenous Scholarship programme in Broome with the local Hale School community.

The Indigenous Scholarship programme has been an immense success at Hale since its inception in 1997 when the School undertook an initiative to make educational opportunities available to Aboriginal students whose families did not have the financial means to consider a Hale School education. Founded by Hale School’s current Deputy Headmaster and Director of Curriculum, David Bean and the then Indigenous Students Coordinator, Malcolm Jordan, the aim of the programme has always been to assist Aboriginal boys and to develop a better understanding between the non-indigenous members of our community and Aboriginal people. 

Funded by the Hale School Foundation, the scholarships purpose is to offer secondary boarding school educational opportunities to Indigenous students from all parts of Western Australia. Hale has previously provided scholarships to students from the Kimberley, Pilbara, South West and metropolitan area; however, most students have been from the Kimberley. Over the last 20 yeas, 100 recipients of this scholarship have attended Hale. 2018 sees a total of 19 current Indigenous Scholarships students at the School.

The 20th year celebration in Broome was attended by current parents, future parents, past parents and Old Haleians, which of course included many past scholarships recipients. One of them was Ryan Atkinson (2002), who spoke at the event about his experience at Hale and where it has led him since he has finished. After attending the University of Melbourne to study medicine, Ryan has since returned to the Kimberley where he is a local GP in Broome.