Current GenerationOne scholars


GenerationOne Scholar Joel Webber

Joel Webber

Home:          Newcastle, NSW

Studying:     Bachelor of Media, Macquarie University

Mob:            Worimi

Joel Webber is a 2017 recipient of the GradAustralia GenerationOne Scholarship. He’s now following his passion for storytelling and journalism as a Bachelor of Media student at Sydney’s Macquarie University.

In his own words

His background

"I grew up in Newcastle (2 hours north of Sydney) and always loved being around the ocean and in the sun...I'm an indigenous Australian who only in recent years has come to fully acknowledge my background as a Worimi person (a tribe from the Port Stephens area)."

What he's doing now

"I noticed that I always enjoyed staying up to date on current affairs and international news, and from this came a great interest in telling people's’ stories for them. I moved to Sydney at the beginning of 2016 to begin studying at Macquarie University. I am currently in my second year of a Bachelor of Media, majoring in journalism and nonfiction writing."

How the GenerationOne scholarship makes a difference

"I'm currently studying in Sydney, living with some of the best people I've ever met and pointing myself in the right direction to follow my dreams! The scholarship will enable me to focus on my studies and begin internships to build up my experience and my work portfolio."

GenerationOne Scholar Sheldyn Briggs

Sheldyn Briggs

Home:          Moree, NSW

Studying:     Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Primary Teaching, University of Technology

Mob:             Kamilaroi/Gomeroi

Sheldyn Briggs is a student who just graduated from Abbotsleigh School for Girls and is now preparing to study education at the University of Technology, Sydney.

In her own words

Her background

"I was born in a small rural town called Moree, which is in northwest NSW. I went to preschool and primary school in Moree, and then attended Abbotsleigh School for Girls, a private boarding school in Sydney. This was thanks to an organisation called Yalari, which offers private school scholarships to Indigenous students across Australia. I have three younger sisters, which makes me the first in my family to graduate high school."

What she's doing now

"I’m really enjoying my time off before I start an internship at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and prepare for university. I’ve just been on a holiday with my family (which was great!). Of course, one of the other cool things is that I’ve received this scholarship!"

How the GenerationOne scholarship makes a difference

"The fact that I’m the first girl on both sides of my family to attend university and follow my dreams has made my family very proud. I plan to use the scholarship to help me settle into uni, buy textbooks and put some funds towards my HECS."

GenerationOne Scholar Layneisha Sgro

Layneisha Sgro

Home:          Broome, WA

Studying:     Bachelor of Commerce, University of Western Australia

Mob:             Nyiyarparli, Jabbir Jabbir, Bairdi

Layneisha’s story is like that of many other young people, but her commitment to excellence and interest in community development display a wisdom beyond her years.

Her ambition to become a voice for the Indigenous community inspired us as we got to know Layneisha throughout her application process, and we’ve watched on with delight as she follows her dreams of becoming an aspiring lawyer and politician. Layneisha is on track to make a real difference - in her own life, and in the lives of Australians everywhere.

In her own words

Her background

"Over the past five years I've attended boarding school at Presbyterian Ladies’ College, Perth, on an Indigenous scholarship. During this time I was fortunate to be involved in a number of advocacy programs including the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy, a 2014 Indigenous representative at National Youth Week and a National Youth Awards Selection Panel member - which allowed me to be a voice for Australian Indigenous youth. I also worked in a cafe in Broome, completed a barista training course and participated in a variety of community service programs."

What she's doing now

“In my first few weeks, I was selected to be a part of my college’s ball committee… which was an absolute success and raised a lot of money for charity. I’ve also gotten involved with the Seed network, an Indigenous youth-run organisation that aims to tackle climate change.”

How the GenerationOne scholarship makes a difference

“I want to inspire other young Indigenous people to chase their dreams and realise that they are capable of more than they think. The scholarship is helping provide support and motivation - especially by showing that others are willing to invest in my education and dreams.”