Removing social and financial barriers to a university education has given Michelle the opportunity to achieve academic success.
Michelle Kerrin is the first in her family to study at university. As a child in Darwin she hadn’t even considered the possibility of pursuing a degree but now Michelle plans to use her experience at the University of Melbourne to show other Aboriginal and Torres Strait students just what is possible.
“Studying at university always seemed like too much of a financial burden for my family. But I believe everyone deserves an education and my dream was always to come to Melbourne. Now I’m here and I can tell other people that it is possible, that there is so much support available."
Michelle is studying Aboriginalities, law and society, anthropology and sex, gender and culture.
“I really enjoy studying Aboriginalities – that’s why I wanted to come to Melbourne. My dad passed away when I was nine so I always felt I needed a push to learn more about that side of my family and what I can do to help.”
As the recipient of the Ann Miller Indigenous Scholarship, Michelle is able to live at University College, fully focused on her studies and getting the most out of her student experience.
“I screamed when I heard about the scholarship and my mum cried,” said Michelle. “I have met Ann and she is such a lovely person who has found a way to give extra help to Aboriginal and Torres Strait students. We keep in touch and I’m forever thankful to have Ann’s support.
“When I finish my degree I really want to work with aboriginal children. Knowledge is the key to life and I want to be able to share that with everyone.”