Fifteen-year-old Natarlia Collins, whose family originate from Moree in New South Wales and are from the Kamilaroi people, dreams of being a beauty therapist.
“I would love to follow my dreams of becoming a professional in the beauty industry, and combine this with my love for travelling,” she said.
Enrolled in the Certificate II in Retail Cosmetics, a TAFE at School program aimed at students in years 10 to 12, Natarlia is dedicated to furthering her studies and values the opportunity that TAFE Queensland has given her.
A TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Aunty Joyce Indigenous Scholarships recipient for 2018, she also plans to actively promote the benefits of education to young people in her community.
“I want to make a difference in the lives of my people and to help them overcome disadvantages.”
“I love my cultural heritage and Aboriginal art. I have become familiar with the services and love to promote the Kalwun Corporation and everything they do for our communities too.”
She is also a netball fan, enjoys playing in the annual Budgies Netball competition on the Gold Coast, and is actively involved in Deadly Choices.