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John Koowarta Reconciliation Law Scholarship

The John Koowarta Reconciliation Law Scholarship is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in an approved course of study that is a prerequisite to admission as a legal practitioner in any Australian jurisdiction at or through an Australian tertiary institution.

Calling for applications

Applications for the 2018 John Koowarta Scholarship are now closed. If you would like to be notified when the 2019 round opens, please send an email to koowarta@lawcouncil.asn.au.

2018 Recipient 

                                        Caption: Law Council President, Morry Bailes, with 2018 John Koowarta Scholarship winner, Vanessa Turnbull-Roberts.

University of New South Wales law student, Vanessa Turnbull-Roberts, has been awarded the Law Council of Australia’s 2018 John Koowarta Scholarship.

Law Council President, Morry Bailes, said Vanessa is an outstanding candidate and is well deserving of this award.

“Ms Turnbull-Roberts is a passionate young woman who strives to empower growth, determination, leadership and promotes the wellbeing of Indigenous people,” Mr Bailes said.

While completing her Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Social Work, Vanessa has remained an active member of her community. She has worked alongside Grandmothers of forced removals, and F.I.R.E to change the conversation for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people around issues that arise from colonialism.

Vanessa seeks a career in child protection, juvenile justice and law reform that supports Indigenous people, youth, asylum seekers and refugees.

“I aim to combine policy and direct practice in order to develop programs that enhance empowerment within Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities,” Ms Turnbull-Roberts said.


For more information about the Scholarship or to make a tax deductable contribution to the scholarship trust fund, please email koowarta@lawcouncil.asn.au.


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