New South Wales

Leah Armstrong Scholarship Award Ceremony


From: Tuesday February 27, 2024, 5:30 pm

To: Tuesday February 27, 2024, 7:30 pm

First Nations Economics and First Nations Foundation warmly invite you to attend the Awards Ceremony to celebrate the Leah Armstrong Scholarship and its recipients. First Nations Economics and First Nations Foundations are Aboriginal-led , Supply Nation-registered charities dedicated to improving economic outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The Leah Armstrong Scholarship is a $120,000 scholarship program aimed at supporting First Nations women studying or looking to study finance, economics, business or related areas at a tertiary level. Named in honour of trailblazing Torres Strait Islander woman and chair of First Australians Capital, Leah Armstrong, the scholarship seeks to empower First Nations economies by supporting the education of First Nations women and girls.

Event Details

Date: 27 February 2024 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Venue: Commonwealth Bank Place, South Building, 11 Harbour Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Event Type: Cocktail event

Price: Free. To reserve a ticket, click here 


















About the Leah Armstrong Scholarship

The Leah Armstrong Scholarship was develop in partnership between First Nations Economics and First Nations Foundation, and is named in honour of patron Leah Armstrong.

Leah, a proud Torres Strait Islander woman, is a senior professional with over 25 year’s business and not for profit experience. Currently Leah is leading First Australians Capital in innovating how Indigenous enterprises access the right capital and right support. This includes an ambitious Indigenous-led and managed impact investment fund. Leah currently serves on several Boards including a Trustee of The Nature Conservancy (Australia), Chairperson of the First Nations Advisory Group of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), member of the First Nations Governance Committee and Co-Chair of the First Nation Funders Network of Philanthropy Australia (PA) and a Australian representative of the Partnership Council for the Indigenous Peoples Economic Trade Co-operation Arrangement (IPETCA).

Leah has played a pivotal role in national Indigenous affairs as past CEO of Reconciliation Australia; Director of Indigenous Business Australia; Director of Indigenous Engagement and Advancement at the University of Newcastle, a member of the Business Council of Australia’s Indigenous Taskforce, a member of the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council, a Fellow of the University of Sydney Senate, Chairperson of Supply Nation and Chairperson of Aboriginal Housing Office NSW. Leah was also a co-founder and Managing Director of Yarnteen Ltd, an Aboriginal community economic development organisation in Newcastle.

Leah has been recognized as a “True Leader” by the Australian Financial Review Boss Magazine and named in the inaugural Australian Financial Review/Westpac 100 Influential Women Awards.

About the organiser

First Nations Economics and First Nations Foundations are aligned in their vision of a prosperous, self-determined future for First Australians. Both organisations work directly with First Nations peoples to build the skills and capabilities required to empower their communities and recognise the need for greater First Nations leadership and representation in the financial sector. To achieve this, both organisations are committed to investing in the education of First Nations women and girls to study and work in relevant areas such as finance, accounting, economics and governance.



Commonwealth Bank Place - South Building

11 Harbour Street, Sydney NSW 2000

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