Programmed is pleased to support Yalari, a not-for-profit organisation offering Indigenous children the opportunity to attend some of Australia’s leading boarding schools. As a result of this collaboration, Programmed and Yalari are working hard to educate and empower Indigenous children, with the aim of bringing about generational change.

One of the students to be supported by Programmed with a Yalari’s scholarship is Tathra Lowe.

Hailing from a town approximately four hours from Melbourne, called Warrnambool, Tathra was awarded a Yalari scholarship and consequently commenced Year 7 at Methodist Ladies’ College in Melbourne last year.

Identifying with the Gunditijmara Indigenous group, the 16-year-old admits she is determined to do well at school, applying herself diligently during class, and also in her assignments and homework.

Because of this determination, in addition to her enthusiasm and hard work, Tathra is gaining strong academic results, as well as showing great potential. As such, she is highly likely to take up a leadership role at school in the years to come. She has also demonstrated a real love for sport and is actively involved in the school rowing and basketball teams.

Tathra says she feels extremely fortunate to be given the scholarship opportunity and also believes that the education she is receiving will give her many opportunities.

“I believe my education will give me the opportunity to be an individual and leader through sport and education,” she says. “I have thought of being the first female Aboriginal Liberal Prime Minister, and I’m focused on preventing racism through changing what people think of Aboriginal people.

“I love being a Yalari scholar because I get to receive a great education and feel like I’m helping to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. I’m also gaining the opportunity to make life-long friends and I love the fact that I spend a week of my holidays on amazing camps with other scholars from different schools and different parts of Australia.

“I would like to thank my sponsors so much for giving me this amazing opportunity.”

After high school Tathra wishes to go to the University of Melbourne and live in residence at Trinity College. The Programmed team wish you all the very best, Tathra!


About Yalari

Yalari is a not-for-profit organisation that offers quality secondary scholarships at leading Australian boarding schools, for Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities. Yalari believes that education is the key to generational change and a brighter future.

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