Moorditj yorgas, moorditj boodja – strong women, strong country
‘Moorditj yorga’ means ‘strong woman’ in the Nyungar language of Western Australia’s South West. Colloquially, it also means ‘deadly’. We’ve all been influenced by strong women in our lives – mothers, sisters, aunts, teachers, colleagues and friends.
Women are the bedrock of any community, particularly those that have long faced social and economic inequity. The Moorditj Yorga Scholarship Program will support mature-aged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women – who may feel the promise of higher education has passed them by – to enter university, pass their studies and receive early-career mentoring as they transition into their careers.
Together, let’s make this opportunity available to as many moorditj women as possible.
Support moorditj women
We invite you to consider supporting moorditj women by making a donation to the scholarship program.
Thanking our donors
We are grateful to our generous supporters who are helping to uplift and empower moorditj women, and will soon be acknowledged on our honour roll.
Watch this space
A public celebration
On 17 October, we will be joined by some of Australia’s strongest and most admired Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to publicly celebrate the program.
Details coming soon
Jill* | 2020 Moorditj Yorga Scholarship recipient
“The past 30 years of my life has been a journey of heartache, struggle, loss and grief, but also of self-discovery, recovery, triumph and healing. Having experienced homelessness, domestic violence and drug addiction, I have now been in recovery for seven years and have worked in Aboriginal mental health for the past five years.
“These years have given me the capacity to contribute to society more than I ever could have imagined. It is always challenging to juggle full-time work, study and caring for my granddaughter. But this scholarship has given me the means to afford this course and pay my mortgage. I am blessed that I was given a second chance at life, and my course will enable me to achieve the dreams I wish to pursue in the mental health field for Aboriginal people.”
*Name changed for personal reasons
The Moorditj Yorga Scholarship promise
The Moorditj Yorga Scholarship Program will provide holistic support, helping women to enter and succeed at Curtin University. Recipients will receive:
- An annual stipend of $10,000, for a maximum duration of five years.
- An individualised, structured early-career mentoring program in the final year of study.
- Support from a dedicated Moorditj Yorga Coordinator, including pastoral care to make students feel welcome, safe and connected to their cultural home (the Centre for Aboriginal Studies), and to their academic home (their School).
Apply for the scholarship
If you are interested in applying for the Moorditj Yorga Scholarship, please get in touch with us.
Have a question? Further information is available about the scholarship, the public celebration, your donation, and more.