Scholarship supports indigenous students


Shai Thompson is the inaugural recipient of the BlueScope Indigenous Scholarship in Business, which has been established to support an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student studying undergraduate business at University of Sydney.    

Shai is now pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce at the Business School, majoring in Human Resource Management.

“I am honoured to receive this scholarship,” says Shai. “I chose to study at the University of Sydney Business School because of its great reputation, and because it’s always been a dream of mine to study there. I did everything I could to make that happen and now I am here.”

To qualify for the BlueScope scholarship, candidates were asked to demonstrate academic ability, leadership potential, extracurricular activities and community involvement. In addition to providing financial assistance for her three year degree, the scholarship offers Shai the opportunity to work at BlueScope during the university holidays.

“The University of Sydney Business School has given me endless opportunities, all of which have helped enrich my studies,” said Shai. “Gaining experience with BlueScope will also give me the exposure to the business world that I am keen to experience.”

“I can't thank the University enough for their support, and I thank BlueScope for its great generosity and the opportunity I have received.”

The scholarship is an initiative of the BlueScope ANZ Sales, Marketing, Innovation & Technology team in partnership with the University of Sydney, and demonstrates BlueScope’s goal to actively foster a diverse and inclusive work environment. Indigenous Australians like Shai represent a young and enthusiastic talent pool for business.