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The Koiki Mabo Trust: Newcastle University

 

Address to the students 1999

The Koiki (Eddie) Mabo Trust Fund was inspired in 1999 by Roberta Sykes' autobiography Snake Cradle, and was established at Newcastle University at her suggestion. The University had just established a preliminary year for indigenous students interested in a career in medicine, during which the students were introduced to the various medical disciplines, and the University was able to advise them on the career for which they were best suited. The Fund was initially intended to enable four students each year to undertake this course. However it was soon realised that students completing this course could not continue without further support, and now one or two new students are offered a place in this course each year. If they then decide to undertake one of the courses available at Newcastle, their scholarship continues for the duration of their chosen course.

 

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The following students have received assistance under this program:

Katie Halvorsen & Rebecca Kuhn (2003)

 

 1999

Luita Casey - did not continue

 

 2002

Alanie James - did not continue

 

2002

Mary-Anne Matthews - did not continue

 

2003- 

Katie Halvorsen: Nutrition & Dietetics - did not continue

 

2003-4

Rebecca Kuhn: Radiography - Fate unknown

 

2004-

Beimop Tapim: Bachelor of Medicine - graduated 2011

 

2004-5

Tuguy Esgin: Bachelor of Medicine - did not continue

 

2007-

Frank Bobongie Bachelor of Medicine - making slow progress

 

 2010

Markeeta Marr - did not continue

 

2010-

Joel Wenitong - progressing well

 

2011-

Jessica del Bianco - progressing well

 

2012-

Eleanor McCall

 

In 2005 The University of Newcastle awarded Roger Riordan the Degree of Doctor of the University (Honoris causa).

Tuguy Esgin (2005-)

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