In memory of William Cooper, this is an annual cash prize awarded to an Indigenous Vocational Education (VE) student in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.
The prize is facilitated by the Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre on behalf of a donor and it recognises a student's commitment to their learning and community work.
This prize is in honour of the Yorta Yorta man William Cooper, a human rights activist who dedicated his life to fight for Indigenous rights. In December 1938 he led a protest to the German Consulate in Melbourne condemning the treatment of Jews under Nazi rule.
The prize reflects just one aspect of the long-standing relationship between the School, the Jewish Holocaust Centre and the Koorie community.
The prize consists of a cash sum of $3000 and an opportunity for voluntary or project work with the Jewish Holocaust Centre. This prize has been gifted for three years; in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
A recipient for the prize is determined by the prize selection committee, which consists of school program managers, the Ngarara Willim Centre and is chaired by the Deputy Dean, VE Programs. The selection committee will meet in May to shortlist and select a beneficiary. Selection is based on a combination of academic engagement and community contribution.
The prize will be awarded at a ceremony in June, hosted by the School and Ngarara Willim Centre.
If you would like further information regarding the prize or have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and use “Wilson Family Student Prize” in your subject line.