The NAIDOC Scholar of the Year Award is awarded on exceptional achievement in secondary and/or tertiary study or exceptional educators who have made a difference to the life of students or communities.
To nominate an individual for the Scholar of the Year Award use the following selection criteria:
- Demonstrated excellence in the nominated category
- The individual’s status as an inspirational role model for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader Australian population
- Demonstrated leadership
- The individual’s future goals and likely impact
- Demonstrated commitment to personal/vocational/career development
Past winners have included Layneisha Sgro a proud Nyiyaparli, Bardi and Jabbir Jabbir woman who achieved the highest ATAR score for an Indigenous student in Western Australia and Professor Michael McDaniel, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Indigenous Leadership and Engagement) at the University of Technology Sydney.