Action on reconciliation
Indigenous Scholarship Program

As proud supporters of reconciliation, and committed to Closing the Gap nationally, we created the Indigenous Scholarship Program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying at either university or TAFE in 2018. The scholarships are designed to help with the costs of study, including course fees, accommodation costs and textbooks.

Our scholarship program is administered in partnership with the Community Enterprise Foundation. This is the first year the program has run.

To find out more about the program, including whether you are eligible, read more below.

How are the scholarships funded?

Community Sector Banking funds the scholarship program directly from its profits.

How are the scholarships governed?

Community Sector Banking manages the scholarship program, and an Indigenous Scholarship Advisory Committee (made up of representatives from Community Sector Banking, and Indigenous customers) determines that year’s successful applicants. The scholarships are administered and dispersed through Bendigo Bank’s Community Enterprise Foundation, in partnership with Community Sector Banking.


For enquiries regarding our Indigenous Scholarship Program, please contact the Community Enterprise Foundation on 1300 304 541 or email

To read our 2017-2019 Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan, click here.

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Our 2018 recipients

We’re delighted to announce the first recipients of Community Sector Banking’s Indigenous Scholarship Program. We were blown away by the calibre of the applicants, receiving over 100 applications from around Australia. For feedback on unsuccessful applications, download the info pack below.

Category A
$10,000 ($5,000 over two years) to study at any Australian university

Erica Alchin

Erica will study a Bachelor of Health and Rehabilitation Science at Charles Sturt University (Albury/Wodonga). Erica showed academic promise from an early age, completing HSC maths a year early. She loves data and statistics and plans to join the Army Reserves before going onto Masters of Public Health.

Category B
$10,000 ($5,000 over two years) to study at the University of Wollongong

Kellie Sampson

Kellie will study a Bachelor of Nursing at the University of Wollongong. Kellie has shown great dedication to her studies – she gained Cert. III in Aged Care and Cert. IV in Nursing while juggling two jobs and caring for her three children. Kellie, already an enrolled nurse, wants to become a registered nurse and deliver Indigenous health programs, and raise awareness about Indigenous culture in the health sector.

Category C
2 x $5,000 to study at TAFE

Mafi Kailahi

Mafi will study a Diploma in Community Services through TAFE Digital. Mafi has a Cert. IV in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care, and has worked across retail, government and education. Mafi wants to go on to study a Master of Public Health and work with disadvantaged communities.

Kaihla Gibson

Kaihla will study a Diploma in Mental Health at TAFE SA Currently an Aboriginal Community Engagement Worker, the 27-year-old plans on enrolling in nursing, and gaining advanced degrees in perinatal mental health.

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