Giving Day 2021 – Dr John Gawura Scholarship

June 17, 2021 - June 18, 2021
Giving Day 2021

Raising funds for the Dr John Gawura Scholarship Fund


As a community, we are committed to providing quality education for our First Nations students. Our wonderful Gawura school is for our Indigenous K-6 students, and once they graduate, we offer secondary school scholarships at St Andrew’s Cathedral School, where they can remain in a familiar, culturally safe environment and complete their education.

Gawura secondary students do not get the same level of government assistance to attend St Andrew’s Cathedral School, with 95 per cent of their school fees being paid by generous outside donations.

This year we are aiming to raise $240,000 in one day to provide a secondary scholarship for one of our First Nations’ students. In honour of Dr Collier and as a tribute from our Gawura families and wider community, it has been named the ‘Dr John Gawura scholarship’.

For 24 hours, starting at 3pm on Thursday 17 June, every donation towards the scholarship will be doubled, thanks to the generosity of matching donors. This includes our wonderful Association of Parents & Friends and our Old Andreans Association. The President of the OAA , Matt Noble (OA2005), said their donation as matching donors “reflects the Association’s recognition of Dr John Collier’s service to our school community, as well as our commitment to Gawura and Indigenous education”.

How to give – 24 hours – one day only:

Date: 17 June at 3pm to 18 June at 3pm 

Donation page:

Give – Learn – Share

You have one day to give, students have six years to learn, and a lifetime to share with the world. 

Each donation has a ripple effect. One scholarship doesn’t help just one student – it also helps the student’s family and community and will, ultimately, lead to ever-widening beneficial ripples for families, including health, safety, self-esteem, further education and employment. It also generates a richness for our entire school community, as our First Nations’ people share their stories and the wisdom of their experience and culture with us and the world.