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The Shalom Gamarada Indigenous Scholarship Program assists Indigenous students with finding a safe, affordable place to live near UNSW while they study.
In 2004, a chance meeting between Indigenous scholar and UNSW academic Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver AM and the then President of the Board of Shalom College, llona Lee AM led to the discussion of a residential scholarship for a specific Indigenous medical student who was planning to drop out of university because of the long distance she had to travel each day. It was this chance meeting that led to the Shalom Gamarada Indigenous Residential Scholarship Program being established. Its aim is to assist Indigenous students with the almost insurmountable problems of finding a safe, affordable place to live near UNSW while they study. In 2019 the program celebrated the graduation of its 50th graduate.
The Shalom Gamarada Indigenous Residential Scholarship Program was established to make a contribution to closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians through higher education and by increasing the number of Indigenous professionals.
Medicines Australia has generously donated over $220,000 since 2019 towards the Shalom Gamarada Indigenous Scholarship Program.