Ashmore student wins Indigenous scholarship

15-year-old Benowa State High School Year 10 student, Natarlia Collins from Ashmore, is a TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Aunty Joyce Indigenous Scholarships recipient for 2018 and plans to actively promote the benefits of education to young people in her community.

Natarlia, whose family originate from Moree in New South Wales from the Kamilaroi people, was born in Tamworth and dreams of being a beautician.

“I would love to follow my dreams of becoming a professional in the beauty industry, and combine this with my love for travelling,” Natarlia said.

Enrolled in the Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics, a TAFE at Schools program aimed at students in years 10 to 12, Natalia is dedicated to furthering her studies and values the opportunity that TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Region has given her.

“I want to make a difference in the lives of my people and to help them overcome disadvantages.”

A netball fan that enjoys playing in the annual Budgies Netball competition on the Gold Coast is also actively involved in Deadly Choices.

Deadly Choices in an initiative of the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) in South East Queensland and is funded by Queensland Health. It aims to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families – to stop smoking, to eat good food and exercise daily. Deadly Choices also encourages our people to access their local Community-Controlled Health Service and complete an annual ‘Health Check’.

“I love my cultural heritage and Aboriginal art.  I have become familiar with the services and love to promote the Kalwun Corporation and everything they do for our communities too.”

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