President Mary on donating the cheque said: “Rick and Edward please accept this cheque for $20,000, the first of three, for the establishment of the Rotarian John Mitchell Indigenous Scholarship at MITS. With this scholarship we pay tribute to our colleague John for his devoted work with indigenous people particularly youth, and our faith in the good work of your Transition program."
Rick and Edward provided a deep insight to the creation of the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School and its achievements in the initial two years of operation. They accepted the award of The Rotarian John Mitchell Indigenous Scholarship with appreciation recognising that it will fund the enrolment of a student for each of the next 3 years.
Rick acknowledged the commitment and achievements of John Mitchell and how this scholarship combines his passion for education and the indigenous community. He referred to his address to our Club nine years ago and updated us on the progression of two young persons that he described at the time.
Edward talked us through the operation of the school, its boarding house at The Vaucluse in Richmond and its classroom facilities at the Richmond Football Club. He talked of the 22 enrolments each year and the success of the placement arrangements with sponsoring schools on graduation. With the vital aspect of transition from community to school being the focus of the curriculum, it's implementation covers elements of literacy, numeracy, acclimatisation to city and social integration.
As the scholarship progresses we look forward to meeting the students and learning of their achievements.