Our Indigenous Leaders of Tomorrow

This year, we welcomed 45 new students to the Yalari scholarship program. We are pleased to introduce a few members of Yalari’s class of 2026!

Kahleyah Buckle

Methodist Ladies College, Claremont

“I have a friendly personality and always have a smile on my face.

I want to go to boarding school to get the best education I possibly can. I know that will happen if I go to boarding school.”

Mya Richards

The Glennie School

“I want to be a doctor and I think boarding school will teach me good habits with my study.

I am proud of my Aboriginal culture because we are unique. Our culture is old and my ancestors were the first people here. We have a strong connection to the land.”

Tilly David

St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School

“I am a descendant of King Kebisu. My family are proud speakers of the Kulealgau Ya language.

I want to be someone that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children can look up to.”

Cody Whap

Anglican Church Grammar School

“When I’m older I would like to go to America to study and learn new things. I want to make my family proud of me.

I want to become a role model to my family and friends and also to my community and culture.”

Tabitha Tabuai

The Glennie School

“My nan is my role model. She has always been there for me since I was a baby.

I want to go to boarding school because when I graduate, I would love to be a police officer because it has always been my dream.”

Alexandra Wilson


“I think it’s important to get an education as it gives us knowledge about the world. It teaches us how we can make the world a better place for others.

When I’m older I want to get a job that helps others, like a police officer or a paramedic.”

Chelsea Larsen

St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School

“I would love to be a good mentor in my community for other kids, especially Indigenous kids to show them that if they try really hard at school, they would be able to go on and achieve their dreams like I did.”

Tate Pyziakos

The Southport School

“I look up to Jonathan Thurston because he helps out Aboriginal kids and he makes a difference. He has done a lot of work off the field.

When I’m older I would like to do engineering and design or achitecture.”

Glenn Croker

Geelong Grammar School

“I want to go to boarding school  to have better opportunities for my education and future. I am really looking forward to meeting new friends and playing new sports.”

Chayse Johnson

St Ignatius’ College, Riverview

“I look up to my great grandfather and I love his stories and how he tells me about our history.

When I’m older, I look forward to studying art at university.”

Thomas Fernando

Kinross Wolaroi School, Orange

“I want to go to boarding school because I want a better education for myself and I would also like to be challenged.

I am very proud of being Indigenous and I’m fascinated about how our ancestors looked after and took care of our lands.”

Jayden Ah Boo

Anglican Church Grammar School

“I look up to Patty Mills beacuse he is a successful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander playing in the NBA. He inspires me to stay healthy and try our hardest.

I want to go to boarding school to get a better education and to make my family proud.”



Yalari respects our Elders, past and present, and acknowledges that our office is on Kombumerri country within the lands of the Yugambeh language group

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