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Student wins QLD Government bursary

Townsville resident and Australian Catholic University (ACU) student Allison Archie has been awarded the 2010 Queensland Government’s Lambert McBride Perpetual Education Bursary.

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The annual bursary, named in honour of the late Lambert McBride - an advocate for Queensland Indigenous rights –is open to all second and third-year Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tertiary students in Queensland.

Allison, who is completing a Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Indigenous Studies) at the Brisbane Campus, said the $5000 prize would help her immeasurably.

“My ambition is to be a teacher in remote communities,” she said. “I want to share and present the best education to Indigenous children, as well as learn about and become a part of their culture. This money will give me the greatest opportunity to do my best.”

Allison said that as an Indigenous woman and mother, becoming a teacher had always been her goal.

“I believe education is essential for the future of our children,” she said. “We need to eliminate the cycle of ignorance, bring back Indigenous values and make Indigenous studies a priority in the curriculum.  I want to be that role model for the next generations of Indigenous children.”

Steve Armitage, Executive Director of Indigenous Education Queensland, and Linda McBride-Yuke, daughter of the late Lambert McBride, attended the awards ceremony in support of Allison.