Jasmine Sweeney, recipient of the the Governor General’s Indigenous Student Teacher Scholarship for 2012, with the Governor General Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce ACC CVO.
Jasmine Sweeney, recipient of the the Governor General’s Indigenous Student Teacher Scholarship for 2012, with the Governor General Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce ACC CVO.

Scholarship to help Jasmine bloom

IT HAS been a long process, but a local student teacher has come out on top.

After an application, several essays and at least one Canberra interview, Jasmine Sweeney has been awarded the Governor General's Indigenous Student Teacher Scholarship for 2012.

Chosen from over 1000 applicants nationwide to be one of eight winners, Jasmine and her daughter attended a presentation ceremony and then had afternoon tea with the Governor General Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce ACC CVO.

"It was an awesome experience," Jasmine said.

"I think the clincher was when the interview panel of elders asked me what I thought was the biggest issue in indigenous education," she said.

"It's attendance - and I think they were very happy with that answer."

In her speech to the recipients the Governor General said they had been chosen because they demonstrated intellectual ability and academic discipline, commitment to a career in teaching, and willingness to use their skills and qualities to bring positive change for young Indigenous Australians.

"Not only are you practitioners and advocates in the making, each of you stands as testament to the transformative power of education," she said.

Jasmine, who's studying a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education and Disability Studies, said the scholarship will assist her in her continued studies.



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