Worth $25,000 the program – which offers up to $7,500 per student – is designed to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who are studying at university, TAFE or who are doing a bridging course in preparation for tertiary study.
More than 200 women applied for the scholarships prompting an for more donors.
Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand Life and Vision team manager Annie Forrest, said she hoped other religious orders or associated lay organisations would establish a similar scheme or contribute to the MacKillop scholarship fund.
"We are just setting out on this program but we know from talking to Indigenous leaders that there is a great need to support emerging leaders within the Aboriginal community,” Ms Forrest said.
“There may be other religious orders who could contribute to this program or other well-established programs," she said.
The scholarships are administered by the MacKillop Foundation, which has run a scholarship program for over ten years.
Three scholarships have already been awarded this year with the amount awarded depending on the student's needs.
“We wanted to make a practical response to the issues raised by many Indigenous leaders over the years,” she said.
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