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Indigenous scholar follows study path close to heart

A deep connection to her family’s history and a thirst to learn more to help change the future led Anna Neumann to the University of Southern Queensland to pursue studies in Indigenous culture.

The anthropology student’s dedication to her study also resulted in her being named a scholar in the prestigious Aurora International Study Tour. 

“I am grateful to have been selected for the scholarship and I hope to continue to contribute to better understandings of Indigenous Australians as capable, intelligent leaders and demonstrate this in my career and in the community.” she said.

Mrs Neumann, a proud Ngiyampaa woman, was humbled to be selected as this year’s recipient.

“My heritage is very important to me and my family and this scholarship opens up opportunities for postgraduate studies in my field,” she said.

“These are opportunities I would never have dreamed of and I hope my ancestors will be proud.”

The Aurora International Study Tour Scholarship sees Indigenous students’ visit leading universities within the United Kingdom and North America to discuss possible postgraduate study options and future opportunities. 

Mrs Neumann’s pathway to university education has been long and varied which includes a 25-year career with the Queensland Police Service.

She decided to undertake a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Anthropology as she reflected on her family’s history.  

“I was inspired to study after watching Professor Marcia Langton in the First Australians series - it impacted on me greatly due to my grandfather being part of the Protection Board era,” she said.

“I think about it often, how his life must have been and how privileged my life is today compared to his, in only two generations.

“I began to delve into Anthropology, and it seemed to be everything I wanted to learn about - Indigenous cultures around the world, archaeology, history, impacts of colonisation, and the environment.

“So, I enrolled and haven’t looked back, I love what I study.”

Find out more about studying Anthropology at the University of Southern Queensland. 

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Anna Neumann, University of Southern Queensland student and Aurora International Study Tour Scholarship recipient.