Applications open for Young, Black and Proud scholarships

media release

Young Indigenous Queenslanders will have a chance to pursue their dreams thanks to the launch of the 2019 Young, Black and Proud scholarship (YBPS) program today. 

The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) is proud to sponsor the YBPS for another year with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service (ATSICHS) Brisbane rolling out the program state-wide. 

Managed by ATSICHS Brisbane, the scholarships support the aspirations of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who require financial support for schooling, university, the arts or sporting activities.  

ATSICHS Brisbane CEO Jody Currie said the program was established to help the next generation of young Indigenous Queenslanders realise their goals. 

“It’s all about providing the opportunity to celebrate the talents and strengths of our young Indigenous people who show outstanding promise but may lack the support and resources to reach their potential,” Ms Currie said. “We aim to give back to our community and look after our mob for the future. We are embracing our role as leaders of young Queensland Indigenous people and dedicated to following their journey in the future.” 

QFCC Principal Commissioner Cheryl Vardon said the YBPS were part of an ongoing commitment to improve the lives of young people in Queensland. “We are very proud of the achievements of past winners, who have used the scholarships to develop their talents and abilities as great sportspeople, musicians, actors, dancers, lawyers, scientists and leaders in other walks of life,” Ms Vardon said. “We can’t wait to see this year’s cohort of applications to find out more about young people’s passions and career aspirations, and how the scholarships will help them go on to great things.”  

QFCC Commissioner, Phillip Brooks, who is a Bidjara, Kairi and Ducabrook man, said he has seen first-hand how financial support can help young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to achieve their dreams. “Every year, we see how much talent our young people have, and it’s great to be able to get them closer to achieving their dreams”, Mr Brooks said. The Young, Black and Proud scholarship program offers scholarships to the value of $1,000 and $2,000 for young Queenslanders of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent aged 25 years or younger. 


The YBPS were launched in August 2016 by ATSICHS Brisbane. Over three rounds (2016-2017) ATSICHS Brisbane funded 22 scholarships across the Brisbane and Logan regions helping young Indigenous people pursue their artistic, sporting, education and training dreams. With a funding contribution from the QFCC in March 2018, ATSICHS Brisbane expanded the program across the state and awarded 44 scholarships. 

The scholarships are awarded across three areas: 

Education and training  

This category supports young Indigenous students or trainees who want to pursue their education and training goals by providing scholarships that enable students in financial need to attend school, training and/or university. Funds can be used to pay for items such as course fees, equipment, uniforms, text books and stationery. 


This category is for innovative young Indigenous artists to undertake professional development programs and activities in their chosen field. The scholarship is open to young artists and performers from all art forms, including dance, design, digital arts (including photography), Aboriginal arts, literature, music, theatre, screen and the visual arts. Funding can be used towards any items that support their ability to further their artistic goals, for example: equipment and materials, marketing and planning, e.g. towards an exhibition, travel and accommodation to a conference or exhibition fees. 


The sports scholarship category provides funds for up and coming young Indigenous athletes to help them successfully participate in the sports of their choice. Young people sometimes find it difficult to meet the ongoing and significant costs associated with participation at sporting competitions. Funding can be used towards the cost of travel and/or accommodation to attend a sporting championship (state, national or international), camps and sports clinics, registration fees, uniforms or equipment.

To submit an application, download the form from the website. It can be completed online or manually. Visit…