Looking to the future

Shelley Dempsey

This year's recipients of the Future Teacher Scholarships at Annual Conference

Fifteen NSW Teachers Federation Future Teacher Scholarships were presented at Annual Conference.

“This year, we had 65 applications from students at 14 universities,” Nicole Calnan, Federation Membership and Training Officer, told the conference.

The scholarships, worth $4000, show Federation’s ongoing commitment to building and supporting the profession in public schools and the next generation of activists. This year, Federation increased the number of scholarships to 15, adding the John Kaye Scholarship for strong commitment to the environment and/or social justice.

Prince Aydin, studying at the University of Sydney, was awarded the inaugural John Kaye Scholarship.

Prince grew up in a working-class refugee family, was designated female at birth, has had to navigate a disability, and belongs to the LGBTIQ+ rainbow. Prince is a loyal unionist and activist who has recruited more than 20 student members to Federation this year.

Other recipients were:

Future Teachers who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

  • Anthony Celi (Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga)
  • Joanne Hine (University of Sydney)

Future Teacher from a Language Background Other Than English (LBOTE)

  • Natalie Leung (University of Sydney)

Future Teacher in their first year of a Teacher Training Course

  • Bonnie Goodsell (University of Wollongong)
  • Keegan Jacobson (University of New England, Armidale)

Future Teacher from a rural or remote area

  • Reece Holland (University of Newcastle)
  • Acacia Howarth (University of New England, Armidale)

Open to all Future Teachers

  • Raelene Oliver (Charles Sturt University, Bathurst)
  • Emily Young (University of Technology, Sydney)
  • Danielle Ward (University of Newcastle)
  • Natalie Bell (University of Technology, Sydney)
  • Alison Noble (University of Sydney)
  • Robert Morrison (University of New England, Armidale)
  • Isabella Thompson (University of Wollongong)