The Garrurru Scholarships in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific aims to attract Indigenous students to ANU by providing ongoing financial and pastoral support that enables them to successfully complete their studies.
The scholarship has been respectfully named after the artwork Garrurru, which was donated to the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific by the renowned Indigenous artist, the late Gulumbu Yunupingu.
In the Yolngu language, the word ‘Garrurru’ means ‘sail’ or ‘boat’ and derives from the Macassan word for sailcloth. This close linguistic link demonstrates the centuries of interaction between the fishermen of the Indonesian archipelago and the Indigenous communities of Arnhem Land, which resulted in strong long-lasting ties.
The Garrurru scholarships aim to sustain the continuation of the exchange by supporting Indigenous Australians to study through the world leading ANU College of Asia and the Pacific.