Schol­ar­ship prize

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage -

WAAPA’S first Abo­rig­i­nal music theatre stu­dent Jar­rod Draper has won the 2017 ECU Vice-chan­cel­lor’s Abo­rig­i­nal and/or Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der Schol­ar­ship.

The schol­ar­ship gives the sec­ond year stu­dent $2500 per se­mes­ter un­til the com­ple­tion of his de­gree.

Draper, a Wi­rad­juri man from cen­tral NSW, said de­spite rep­re­sent­ing his school and town in sport at state level, his big­gest per­sonal achieve­ment was be­ing the first indige­nous man to be ac­cepted into the music theatre course at WAAPA.

“I have al­ways been en­cour­aged by my par­ents to fol­low my dreams and be proud of my indige­nous her­itage,” Draper said. “En­cour­ag­ing and pro­mot­ing ed­u­ca­tion within Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der com­mu­ni­ties is im­por­tant be­cause ed­u­ca­tion cre­ates em­pow­er­ment.

Jar­rod re­ceived his schol­ar­ship at a flag rais­ing cer­e­mony at the Mt Law­ley cam­pus on July 3.

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