From 1966 to 1972 the AEC provided Incentive Scholarships for secondary Aboriginal students, after which time the Commonwealth commenced funding the Scholarship Scheme for Aboriginal Secondary Students (known as ABSEG).
The AEC then focussed on supporting Aboriginal students in Primary Schools to encourage them to continue with their secondary schooling. The generosity of donors and AEC sponsors had resulted in over 100 AEC Primary Scholarships awarded each year.
In 2003 Secondary Scholarships were modified to address the high drop-out rate of Aboriginal students in early high school by targeting students identified by the school and the Deptartment of Education as benefiting from encouragment. These encouragement awards will recommence in 2014 targeting students who find themselves culturally isolated.
In 1983 the AEC funded 2 Tertiary Scholarships for Aboriginal students at university. The Ken Brindle Memorial Awards, are in memory of the late Ken Brindle, who was one of the founders and guiding light of the AEC. This was expanded over time to 20 scholarships for one to four year programs including three scholarships for teaching degrees.
Currrently the AEC is offering the Margaret Ida Howie Scholarship for Women on an annual basis. For further information and an application form please click here
From 2014 the AEC will introduce the Alan Duncan Scholarship for Indigenous Men on an annual basis. For further information and an application form please click here
The AEC works hard to stay abreast of the needs of Aboriginal students in all levels of education.
There are now a number of organisations offering scholarships to Indigenous students. For more information please visit Indigenous Scholarships for tertiary or go to Aussie Educator for a broader range of Indigenous scholarships.
If you have any questions or feedback for the AEC please contact us.