Cocogun and UTS announce new Creative Scholarship for Indigenous Students
Coffee Cocoa Gunpowder (Cocogun) is proud to announce a new scholarship for Indigenous students to study creative-based degree programs at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
The Cocogun Creative Scholarship for Indigenous Students will provide funding for talented Indigenous students with outstanding potential to build the foundations of a career in the creative industries. Commencing in 2022, a student will be supported to study of one of the following degrees:
● Bachelor of Communication and Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation
● Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) and Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation
● Bachelor of Communication
● Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication)
The agency has worked closely with UTS to design the scholarship in a way that the degree programs, selection process and funding breakdown ensure the maximum positive impact. Beyond the funding itself, Cocogun will be looking to support graduates as they enter the industry to ensure that the recipients benefit from the scholarship and that it, in turn, offers value to the talent pipeline.
Despite being the oldest storytelling culture on the planet, Indigenous people are underrepresented in the creative industries. Sadly, many young Indigenous people don’t ‘see’ themselves at university – they don’t have a family history of attending university, and they don’t see it as a stepping stone to opportunity.
Says Maree Graham, director – Indigenous Students and Community Engagement, UTS Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research: “Scholarships like this provide more than just financial support – they give Indigenous students the confidence to dream big. Knowing that there is someone who believes in them and is invested in their success can make all the difference.
“At UTS our vision is to create a place where all Indigenous Australians can access education and be supported to succeed, and we are so excited that Cocogun shares in this passion. The impact of Cocogun’s generous philanthropic commitment will be felt for years to come, as scholarship recipients will go on to make their mark in the creative industries.”
Says Chiquita King, managing director, Cocogun: “Through our own ongoing discovery and Indigenous cultural training journey, we saw an opportunity to open up pathways for more Indigenous creative talent to join our industry. We would all benefit as a result, so we’re doing something about it. We’re proud to be working closely with UTS on this. Long may it continue and we look forward to the difference it will make to all of us.”
The inaugural Cocogun Creative Scholarship for Indigenous Students will be awarded in the Autumn semester of 2022.
For more information, please contact Diane Villavieja: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is good. More of this.
…there are SO many disadvantaged communities in our country that need this kind of support. So why limit it to just Indigenous students? Much as I applaud the notion, groups like refugees, who get zero social welfare, desperately need a hand up just as much. Please rethink this ‘narrowcast’ approach. I say award on need, not the colour of your skin, or who your forefathers were.
Do you watch Sky News or read the Australian by any chance?
Is so good. Can’t wait to see the future leaders emerge from this program. Well overdue.
Well done guys this is awesome
This is brilliant, well done guys!