By Molly Stapleton

The Korin Gamadji Institute wishes to congratulate four REAL Program Alumni awarded the Wannik Education Scholarship in 2014.

The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) introduced the Wannik Education Scholarship Program in 2009, to support high-achieving Koorie students moving into Year 11 and 12.

The two-year scholarships are awarded to 20 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students each year, with recipients receiving a total of $5,000 throughout their VCE studies.

Ashleigh Burridge, Michael Naawi, David Coneybear and Reece Williams are among the 2014 recipients announced during the ceremony at Parliament House in June.

KGI Community Engagement Manager Luke Murray says the scholarships will provide exciting opportunities for the recipients as they move into the final stage of their secondary studies.

“The KGI is thrilled that Ashleigh, Michael, David and Reece are recipients of the 2014 Wannik Scholarships,” Murray says.

“Both David and Ashleigh have shown outstanding leadership in the KGI programs over the last few years and the KGI looks forward to working with and developing Michael, who is a new participant of our program.”

“All four are valued participants of the KGI family and our staff here at the KGI are really proud and excited for them.”

REAL Programs are supported by the Victorian Electoral Commission