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.